Commenting on reports that temperatures are due to rise to 34C, Simon Hewett-Avison, Assistant Director of Service Delivery at Independent Age, said:

“We all enjoy a bit of sunshine, especially with summer holidays starting, and it can be great for boosting mood. However, extreme hot weather can be dangerous, particularly for older and vulnerable people, who can be more susceptible to dehydration and sun stroke. It’s really important for older people to make sure they’re looking after themselves by drinking enough, wearing appropriate clothing and keeping curtains closed when inside. Friends and family can also check in with older people they know to make sure they have the support they need.

“To provide advice and information for older people during the hot summer months, we’ve launched a new, free advice guide, called Summer wise.”

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