Ohio officials want to remind older Ohioans that extreme heat is still considered severe weather. 

According to the release, older adults are at increased risk for heat-related illness and complications. 

The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Health says that the extreme heat should be treated with the same care and preparation as a summer storm. 

"Our bodies are usually very good at controlling their temperature, but extremely hot conditions over an extended period can stress even the most efficient system," said Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health. 

Ursel McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, adds that the older that people get, the more our bodies can't handle extreme conditions. 

"Factors that can interfere with a body's ability to adapt to hot weather include age, obesity, dehydration, heart disease, and medications," says McElroy. 

To stay cool on extremely hot days, the departments recommend: 

  • Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages (avoid extremely cold liquids and beverages with high levels of sugar or caffeine)
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing and rest frequently
  • Plan outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day, such as early mornings or late evenings
  • Take cool baths or showers
  • Seek an air-conditioned environment, such as a store, restaurant, public library, or a family member's or neighbor's home, if the indoor temperature in your home is higher than is comfortable.