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Getting older comes with greater sensitivity to the extremes of temperature.

In a heat wave, older people, especially those with cardio­vascular disease, are more vulnerable to serious illness and death. As outdoor tem­per­a­tures continue to rise this summer, it’s important to make sure your home is ready to take the heat. Here, our experts offer tips on keeping your air conditioner in top shape, plus other ways of staying cool and healthy.

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Be Alert to Danger

Heatstroke occurs at a body temperature over 104° F, and it can be fatal. So if you suspect it in yourself or a companion, you should call 911. Signs include passing out, behavior changes such as agitation or confusion, and no longer producing sweat. Early signs of heat-related illness, which could progress to heatstroke, include feeling nauseated, dizzy, or weak—so if you notice one of these symptoms, take a rest and get into air condi­tioning, or cool off with a cool shower or bath.

Editor’s Note: A version of this article also appeared in the August 2020 issue of Consumer Reports On Health