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Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008 10:00 pm

As the mercury rises in many parts of the country, so does the risk of heat-related illness.

This is especially true of people as they age and slowly lose the ability to handle extreme changes in metabolism, and in terms of hot, humid summer conditions, many older people don't sweat enough, which is part of the body's natural cooling mechanism. It is also true that many elderly people live on a modest income and one of the most common ways to save money is to not use the air conditioner. Such actions can place people who are already at risk for heat-illness at increased risk.

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