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Hot Weather Brings Health Risks for Older Illinoisans

AARP Provides Quick Tips to Beat the Sizzling Summer Heat

CHICAGO, June 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the summer temperatures climbing, older people stand at greater risk of heat-related health problems such as heatstroke and heat exhaustion. AARP has several quick tips that can mean the difference between staying cool and safe, and falling victim to a heat-related emergency.

"Too many people, particularly older adults, fall victim to heat-related deaths each year," said Bob Gallo, AARP Illinois State Director. "There are simple measures people can take to stay cool and protect themselves during the summer heat."

To help older adults combat the heat, AARP suggests the following tips:

-- Relax and put off chores and any strenuous activity.

-- Stay indoors during the hottest times of the day.

-- Close your shades to keep out the sunshine.

-- If you do not have air conditioning, stay on the lower-level in your

home -- heat rises.

-- Check with your local agency for cool places you can go, such as

libraries, public buildings, or air-conditioned malls.

-- Wear light-weight, loose fitting clothing and protect yourself from the

sun by wearing a hat and sunglasses or using an umbrella.

-- Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. This helps keep your

body cool.

-- Avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages.

-- If you have a chronic medical condition, talk with your doctor about

additional precautions you should take to prevent heat related

illnesses. Some conditions and medications may place you at higher risk.

-- Neighbors, friends or family should check in on older people in their

homes to make sure they are not suffering from the heat.

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