Feeling the Heat

A major heatwave is currently hovering over the United States and Canada, prompting the issuance of heat alerts and warnings targeted to elderly and vulnerable populations. These warnings are raising awareness of the health implications extreme heat can have on an older body, but they're also drawing attention to the fact that the definiton of "senior" can often depend on the perceptions of the individual.

In her article "Elderly ignore heat warnings – because they're not old" MSNBC contributor Linda Carroll highlights that while the United States Older American's act is targeted towards those 60+, there are few 60 year-olds who consider themselves to fit the bill as "elderly". Semantics aside, age may be a state of mind, but the internal workings of the body can't be ignored.

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