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Prevent heat-related illness - advice for seniors

Hot weather may affect older people more than others. Some people may be at increased risk of heat-related illnesses and need special care in hot weather. Heat-related illness can also worsen pre-existing medical conditions. Older people who live alone, have chronic medical problems and take certain medications may need special care in hot weather.

If hot weather is predicted or present:

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Stay hydrated and nourished

Tip:  Each morning, fill a large jug with water to drink and ensure it is finished by the end of the day.

Stay cool

Common symptoms of heat related illness

Where to get help

For more information or support during heat event or a heatwave:

In an emergency, call triple zero (000).

 The following information may assist you:

Last Updated: 23 November 2015
Last Reviewed: 23 November 2015

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