Seniors are more vulnerable to overheating and heat stroke because older bodies don’t adjust to high temperatures as well as younger bodies.
In addition, chronic medical conditions can change their body’s response to heat. And, some prescription medications can prevent sweating or reduce the body's ability to regulate temperature.
To help protect your older adult from the heat, we rounded up 6 inexpensive products that keep seniors cool and comfortable in hot weather.
1. $8 Cooling Towel
Get instant cooling relief with this simple, lightweight mesh towel. Get it soaking wet, wring out the excess water, and put it around the neck. It can be reused over and over again and has 50 UPF sun protection.
This ice pack neck wrap has an easy-to-adjust velcro closure that puts cooling relief right where you want it.
3. $15 Cooling Pillow
Fill this durable pillow with water to activate the ice crystals inside and start the cooling relief.
Wear this battery-powered fan like a necklace and get an adjustable flow of cool air that keeps you comfortable in the heat. It’s lightweight, rotates 180 degrees, and has 3 fan speed settings.
This versatile gel mat is 21 by 12 inches and covers large areas including upper/lower back, stomach, legs and knees.
This vest is filled with a special material that soaks up water and slowly releases it over 4 hours to keep the body cool. When it dries, soak it again to re-activate. It’s quilted nylon on the outside and has a water-repellent liner and mesh side panels for breathability. Wear it over a shirt (it will get slightly damp).