Hot weather affects on 87-year old mom living in her own home

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    We live in Southern California and my mom lives in her own house by herself. It gets pretty hot over here, and today it’s over 90 degrees out. Her house gets pretty hot and I worry about whether or not she is in danger. I called over and asked how she was and she said it was hot but she felt totally fine. Should I be doing something anyways? My mom is 87 years old.


    Seniors age 65 years or older are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Your mom might not realize how hot it is and should be checked on often in hot weather. This is a big concern with seniors. Can she use air-conditioning or have friends/family check on her?

    Does she have a Medical Alert system where she can push the button if she falls? If not, here is information on them:

    One of the most common problems is dehydration, where elders do not drink enough water – this can cause her to feel or dizzy and fall. Tell her to drink more water throughout the day when it is hot, and check on her often.

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