Heatwaves and Senior Health

August 11, 2022

Senior Planet
AARP

While the triple-digit temperatures were hard on everyone, experts warn that the very young, along with older adults, are at especially high risk of problems.

Your ability to compensate, to dissipate heat, declines with age

“Your ability to compensate, to dissipate heat” declines with age, says James Williams, DO, MS, an emergency physician at Northwest Texas Healthcare System and clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at Texas Tech University in Amarillo. and spokesperson for The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Add to that physiologic reality the fact that many older adults take a multitude of medications for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Those make managing exposure to high temperatures even more challenging, he says.

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