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Seniors should take steps to stay safe this summer

June 4, 2012

As summer rapidly approaches, many people are looking forward to the warmer weather. However, senior citizens should pay attention to the thermometer. Older adults are more at risk of suffering from heat-related complications, but there are a few ways to plan ahead and beat the heat.

Perhaps most importantly, experts stress the importance of staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is a big part of healthy aging all year, but it is especially crucial during the summer months, according to The Baltimore Sun.

"The elderly can't feel the heat or cool down as easily and they are less likely to feel thirsty even when they are almost dehydrated," Alicia I. Arbaje, an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, said in a statement.

In addition to drinking plenty of water, seniors should also pay attention to what they're wearing. Light-colored clothing made from cotton or natural fabrics is the best choice, and seniors should also be sure to bring a hat and sunglasses with them when heading outside, EmpowHer reports.

Finally, seniors should be sure to pay attention to any symptoms they may be suffering due to a heat-related condition. According to the newspaper, dizziness, headache, muscle cramps and confusion may all be indicative of dehydration or heat stroke.