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How does extreme heat affect older people?

Extreme heat can affect older people in a number of ways. Extreme heat can become problematic for older people who are on medications that may alter their body's normal response to heat. Older people may not be able to physically get out of a hot situation due to decreased mobility.

In such cases, heat symptoms may first start as palpitations, nausea and headache. Later on, it can become very severe where older people can become confused with altered consciousness. This may not be something that older people realize themselves, but people around them may realize.

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