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Please remember that hot weather can be challenging for many older people, who can be particularly susceptible to heat-related illness.

Our bodies are less able to cope with hot weather as we get older, so Age UK’s Charity Director, Caroline Abrahams says: "We advise remaining indoors during the worst of the heat, wearing light clothing and drinking plenty of fluids.

“One thing that is easy to overlook is that older people should continue to eat well during heatwaves, to ensure their body replaces the salt lost through sweat. It can also be helpful to have more cold foods, particularly salads and fruits which contain water.

“During successive hot days it is important that older people are able to cool down in the evening and at night, so we advise keeping homes shaded and well ventilated.

“Anyone with an older family member or neighbour can help by calling in to check to see if they are ok and if they need help in taking reasonable precautions to stay well in the hot weather.

“Age UK’s free ‘Staying Cool in a Heatwave’ guide provides advice on how to protect yourself from the heat. For a free copy call Age UK Advice free on 0800 169 6565."

Staying cool in a heatwave

Advice from Public Health England on how to ‘Beat the Heat’ and stay safe.

Keep in touch
•    Look out for older people and the young
•    Listen to weather forecasts and the news
•    Plan ahead to avoid the heat - take a bottle of water with you

Keep well
•    Drink plenty of water
•    Wear a hat, light scarf and light, loose cotton clothes
•    Slow down when it is hot and avoid extreme physical exertion
•    Top up your sun cream throughout the day

Find somewhere cool
•    Keep your home cool by closing curtains and blinds during the day
•    Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
•    Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
•    Don’t leave pets unattended in vehicles
 
For more information on how to cope in hot weather please visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave.  If you or someone you know is feeling unwell please contact the NHS on 111 or visit your GP.