Seniors Staying Cool

The hot weather can be oppressive for anyone.  But for certain demographics it can actually be dangerous.  In fact, a few years ago a study entitled Summer Temperature Variability and Long-Term Survival Among Elderly People with Chronic Disease, put out by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) found that:

“that long-term increases in temperature variability may increase the risk of mortality in different subgroups of susceptible older populations.”

Even so much as an increase in temperature of 1 degree Celsius can escalate mortality rates for the elderly.  As such it is essential to keep hydrated and stay out of the direct heat and sun as much as possible.  In addition, appropriate clothing is a must such as light-colored, lightweight, loose fitting. Air-conditioned environments are advised and avoiding venturing out in the middle of the day is recommended.