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Older Adults and Heat Illness

Heat illness occurs when the body becomes too hot and is no longer able to regulate its own temperature. Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are three of the most common types of heat illness. Adults aged 65 or older are particularly vulnerable to the effects of excessive heat because they are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature.

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