Effectiveness of an indoor preparation program to increase thermal resilience in elderly for heat waves

H.A.M. Daanen, J. Herweijer

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Abstract

Elderly indoors can be subject to considerable heat strain during heat waves. We investigated if a short indoor acclimation (HA) program leads to improved resilience to heat. Although full HA takes about ten days, the main changes occur in the first days, leading to reduced heat strain with similar stress. This study investigates changes after 3 days HA in 8 elderly (>75y) and 8 young (20-30y) females. The pre-test (Monday) and post-test (Friday) was a 20-min50W cycle exercise test in 35°C/40% relative humidity (RH); the indoor preparation program or HA consisting of one hour exercise in the same climate aimed at reaching a gastrointestinal temperature (T
Original languageEnglish
JournalBuilding and Environment
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Publication statusPublished - 2014

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