Study identifies factors that most affect older people’s vulnerability during extreme temperatures
- Study identifies factors that most affect older people’s vulnerability during extreme temperatures
- Older people may have difficulty accessing facilities designed to help keep cool during hot weather
- Greater awareness of impact of extreme temperatures on individual health has biggest impact, according to study from University of Warwick
- Interview data shows vulnerability can vary significantly between individuals
Efforts to support older people during extreme heat should focus on those who lack independence or have pre-existing health issues, according to an expert from the University of Warwick.
New research shows that having locations where older people can keep cool plays a key role in reducing their vulnerability to extreme heat, but that older people may find them difficult to access or have limited ability to travel to them.
It comes as countries in Europe are experiencing a potentially record-breaking heatwave this week.
Read more at University of Warwick
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