Summer Safety Tips for Alzheimer’s Patients

With summer just around the corner, all of us alike are excited for the nice weather, beach days and sunshine. While Alzheimer’s sufferers enjoy the summer like the rest of us, make sure to take some preventative measures to ensure their safety this summer season!

Water, Water, Water!
No matter who you are, you must drink water! Water is even more important during the summertime. But unlike the youth, seniors are more susceptible to dehydration because their ability to conserve water becomes difficult over time. Because of this, they can also become less aware that they are thirsty. Be sure to pack enough water on any outdoor excursions and even bring extra!

Dress For the Occasion
Certain fabrics create more heat that others. We suggest that patient’s summer wardrobes should be stocked with natural fabrics such as cotton that are light-colored and loose-fitting. This will ensure that they will be cooler and feel more comfortable.

Take Precautions with your Doctor
It is little known that some medications can be affected by high temperatures. This is especially true if you do not have air conditioning in your home. Be sure that you know the quality life of medications and how to properly store them during the summer season so that medications will be effective all year round.

Find Cool Activities
Find out the sorts of activities that the patient is interested in. Locations like shopping malls, movie theaters and public libraries are great places that offer fantastic air conditioning in the summer. This way, you can avoid the heat and get a little exercise by getting out of the house for a while.

Sunscreen, Hats and Sunglasses
Lots of exposure to the sun can irritate the eyes and the elderly are already more susceptible to vision loss. Wearing sunglasses can help to protect eyes against UV rays. Another part of the body that needs to be protected is the skin. Make sure to apply sunscreen all over to prevent sunburns and even add a new hat to the wardrobe. Here, you prevent sun damage of the skin AND the eyes!