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Extreme heat’s effect on older adults

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By Maryellen Garrison

Summer is upon us, and temperatures are beginning to heat up.

While that may be welcome news for many, combinations of high humidity and excessive heat can be dangerous for others, especially older adults.

When a person’s body cannot properly cool itself, it increases the risks for heat-related illnesses.

Older adults are more susceptible to hyperthermia, a common heat-related illness that results in a dangerously high body temperature.

The most common form of hyperthermia is heatstroke.


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