Helpful Older Adult Tips for Extreme Heat

The heat is here in Mississippi. Experts have tips on staying cool (wjtv.com)

ACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Summer often brings a wave of heat-related injuries, but experts have guidance on protecting yourself against these conditions.

According to ready.gov, extreme heat is the leading cause of death for all weather-related calamities. The agency under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say four groups of people are most susceptible to heat complications: young children and infants, older adults, those with chronic medical conditions, and pregnant women.

“If people are not aware of their predisposition to developing dehydration or heat-related injuries, then they’re not going to be aware there’s things they can do to prevent this from happening,” Lee said.

Melanie Lee is a Nurse Mentor at AccentCare. But despite pre-existing conditions, Lee asserted that anyone is susceptible to heat-related injuries.