High temperatures with high humidity can affect adults over the age of 60 more quickly and more intensely. Conditions like obesity, heart disease and some diuretic medications can make it harder to stay cool when the thermometer soars.

Here are some simple things you can do to keep your cool.

1. Drink Water

Avoid beverages with caffeine, even iced tea. Plain, cool water is the best way to stay hydrated.

2. Eat Small, Light Meals Throughout the Day

Salads, fresh fruit and foods that require minimal preparation will keep you nourished and cool at the same time. You can also visit a Lunch & Activity Center for a meal and company.

3. Stay Cool at Home

Use central or window air conditioners. If you don’t have air conditioning or are worried about energy costs, try opening your windows at night and closing them before the day gets too warm. Look for ways to catch cross breezes with two or more open windows. Use curtains and drapes to block direct sunlight.

4. Dress for the Weather

Wear light-colored loose clothing that lets air circulate around you. You can spray a mist of cool water on your clothing or use a cold compress.

5. Visit Cool Locations

Movie theaters, libraries, shopping malls, and even cooling centers are great locations to escape the heat and humidity. Tanglewood Park’s Wellness Center or Driftwood Café are open Monday through Friday and offer a variety of programs and delicious foods so you can cool down and stay healthy at the same time! If you feel nauseous or dizzy, develop muscle cramps or a a rapid pulse, or get confused, summon help quickly. These are all early signs of heat stroke and rapid medical attention will help cool down your body so you remain safe.

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