High temperatures put older adults at risk for heat-related illness, because the body can no longer handle heat and dehydration the way it used to. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include general weakness with dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and feeling faint. To avoid heat exhaustion, people should stay out of the heat, make sure there’s an air conditioner that works at home, stay hydrated by drinking two to three quarts of liquid per day, go outside only in the morning or late afternoon, and wear loose, light-colored clothing.
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