Look cool and stay cool - Age Cymru's top tips

Hot weather can pose health risks for the elderly as they are less able to regulate their body temperature.

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Top tips for keeping cool - whatever your age!

Age Cymru is today reminding older people about how to stay cool during hot weather but the tips will suit anyone feeling parched.

Look cool and stay cool! Credit: PA
  • Try and plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat in the hottest part of the day (11am – 3pm)
  • If you go out stay in the shade, wear a hat and light loose fitting clothes which are preferably cotton
  • If you are outside for some time, take plenty of fresh drinking water with you as well as a high factor suncream/block (at least factor 15)
  • Take cool showers or baths and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly your face and the back of your neck
  • Drink regularly even if you do not feel thirsty - water/fruit juice is best and try to avoid alcohol
  • Try to eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit, which contain water
  • Close the curtains in rooms that get a lot of sun
  • Open windows when the temperature inside rises, and at night for ventilation
  • If you are worried about security, at least open windows on the first floor and above
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