Alzheimer's Summer Safety
May 31, 2017
Summer can be a fun time for people of every age but it can be dangerous for those who have Alzheimer's or any memory impairment. A loved one with memory impairment needs to be checked on frequently in the summer and try to limit the amount of time outside. A good idea is to make sure the lawn chairs are in the shade and that the family member stays indoors between the times of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m, also encourage them to wear a hat or sunglasses. It is also a good idea to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours to ensure their skin is protected from UV rays and if the loved one doesn't remember if they put sunscreen on go ahead and put some on just in case. Dehydration is very common for everyone in the summer so keeping a glass of water at arms reach is a good way to remind a loved one to have a drink, families can also try flavored water packets to give a sweet taste. A good rule of thumb is to ask a loved one every two to three hours, or when reapplying sunscreen if they would like a drink. Another hard task for those struggling with Alzheimer's is dressing appropriately, try putting their winter clothes up and replace them with shorts, skirts, dresses, large brimmed hats, a light jacket or a thin sweater.