AGE WALES have issued advice amid the rise in temperatures this summer, urging people to check up on older friends and relatives.

Older people in the community can be vulnerable to the heat, therefore it is important to be aware of the best ways to stay safe and healthy during expected heatwaves.

Age Wales’ Victoria Lloyd said: “We all must be careful during extremely hot weather but especially older people whose ability to regulate their body temperature decreases with age. 

“However, by taking a few simple steps we can all enjoy the hot spell safely. One of the biggest factors is to keep hydrated by drinking cool water-based drinks throughout the day.  We should also eat lots of fruit, salads, and vegetables that are not only rich in vitamins, but they also contain additional fluid. 


“Older people’s skin thins as they age and is therefore more susceptible to sunburn so it’s important to use a high factor sunscreen and cover as much of the skin with cotton clothing when venturing outdoors. While we should all wear a hat and sunglasses for added protection. 

Older people have also been urged to consider staying indoors when the heat might be too much for some people.

“But perhaps the best protection of all is to avoid going out during the hottest part of the day which is usually between 11am and 3pm," she added. " You can also keep your home cooler by closing your curtains and blinds during the sunny hours and turning off any electrical appliances that are not being used as these can generate unnecessary heat – and reduce your energy costs at the same time. And don’t be afraid to take it easy during the hottest part of the day and leave any strenuous chores for when it’s cooler.

“Finally, check that any medication you’re taking does not react to hot weather.  If in doubt, contact your GP or pharmacy for advice. 

“As with cold spells during the winter, we would urge everyone to check up on their older relatives, friends, and neighbours to see if you can help them with any errands or chores.”

People are urged to visit and search Summer Health Advice for further protection on how to protect themselves and loved ones.