CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- High heat indexes create dangerous conditions for all of us. This is why The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America gives safe practices to help caregivers keep their loved ones safe during the summer heat.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America advises caretakers to keep a very close eye on dementia patients.
They say you should watch out for heat stroke warning signs and monitor their fluid intake. Caretakers should make sure dementia patients avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
Most importantly, be aware of Alzheimer patients wandering off. Wandering is potentially dangerous for those patients in heated conditions.
“What caregivers wanna do is set up ways that people can get the benefit of walking in a safe environment, whether that’s creating paths around the house,” said Chris Schnieder, Communications Director for Alzheimer’s Foundation. “Whether that is having different stimulating activities. Whether it’s games, music, or arts and crafts, just to help give them that cognitive stimulation.”
Those who have questions or need additional information can call the AFA hotline at 866-232-8484 or visit their website.
Source: Wdef News