Age Action has urged the general public to check on older neighbours, especially those living alone, following today’s Met Éireann weather warning.
While the warm weather is welcome, it can pose difficulties for older people, especially those with respiratory and heart problems. Certain medications can also reduce people’s tolerance of heat.
Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “With temperatures expected to reach up to 30 degrees in parts of Ireland older people should try and take some simple precautions.
“They could remain in the shade at the hottest times of the day, pull the curtains on windows exposed to the sun, sip on cold drinks to remain hydrated, turn off unnecessary electrical equipment and leave windows open to let air circulate.”
The public should also remember that neighbours and family members who keep regular contact with older people at other times of the year may be away on holidays.
Mr Moran continued: “Everybody can play their part to ensure that everyone in their community remains well during the current warm spell and can enjoy the sunshine.”