Elderly people (65 years and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger individuals for many reasons:
• Elderly people don’t adjust well as young people do to abrupt changes in temperature.
• They are more probable to have a prolonged medical condition that upsets normal body responses to warmer temperatures.
• They are more likely to take prescription medicines that weaken the body's capability to balance its temperature.
Tips to protect the elderly from heat-related stress:
• Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic, and non-caffeinated beverages. Also, avoid exceptionally cold liquids since they cause cramps.
• Make sure to get enough sleep.
• Take a nice cool shower or bath.
• Seek an air-conditioned environment if it’s probable.
• If you don't have air conditioning, go visit an air-conditioned shopping mall or store to cool off right away.
• Wear clothes that are loose.
• If you can, stay indoors during the heat of the day.
• Stay away from vigorous activities.
• Sunblocks and sunscreens with (SPF 15) are extremely helpful when one is exposed to direct sunlight.