As people age, it gets harder for the body to regulate its temperature.
On hot days, older adults might overheat easily. On cold days, they might have trouble staying warm. Extreme heat or cold can cause serious health issues or even death.
Some medications can affect body temperature. For example, some chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, anti-seizure and heart arrhythmia medications can raise body temperature.
Some antipsychotic drugs can lower body temperature.
Older adults can stay cool in hot weather by:
Avoiding being outside for a long time, especially in the afternoon
Moving more slowly
Wearing light-colored, lightweight clothing made of cotton or other natural fibers
Using shades and curtains to block the sun
Using home air conditioning or visiting air-conditioned places
Older adults can stay warm in cold weather by:
Drinking warm liquids
Wearing several layers of clothing
Using extra blankets
Avoiding being outside
Wearing a hat, gloves, scarf and other warm outwear when going outside