The charity Alone is asking members of the public to check in on their elderly neighbours during this week’s heatwave.
Alone is urging older people to take extra care as temperatures are expected to approach 30 degrees this week.
Met Eireann has forecast hot weather conditions for the coming week, with overnight temperatures reaching low to mid-teens.
Alone are encouraging older people to stay hydrated, avoid direct sunlight for extended periods and wear lighter clothes made of natural fabrics.
“Older people, and their families and neighbours, should be conscious that they are more at risk of dehydration,” said Seán Moynihan, CEO of Alone.
“Older people’s receptors for thirst are less keen, so they can go for extended periods without feeling the need to drink even if they’re verging on dehydration.
“What’s more, factors such as poor circulation, heart, lung or kidney problems can also heighten the dangers.
“We ask that everyone remembers their older neighbours living alone and to consider their needs, especially those with health issues, and those with limited mobility.
“A visit from a friend, family member, or neighbour to check on an older person’s food and water supplies and security, as well as to simply offer some company, can make a huge difference.
Further information, including advice and tips for older people in adverse weather conditions, can be found here.