Last Updated: May 1, 2019
Summer brings adventures and explorations outdoors, as well as an opportunity to make incredible memories with parents and senior loved ones. While you plan your summer fun, consider taking these six precautions to keep your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease safe.
Read our tips on keeping your loved one safe this summer while still enjoying all that the season has to offer.
6 Precautions to Take to Keep a Senior Loved One With Alzheimer’s Safe This Summer
Here are some tips that can help your loved one with Alzheimer’s have a safe summer:
1. Apply sunscreen regularly.
A senior with Alzheimer’s may not remember to put on sunscreen, so be sure to remind them to reapply when needed.
2. Avoid crowds and loud noises.
Both crowds and loud noises can be overwhelming for a loved one, so consider attending any parades or watching any firework from a distance.
3. Be watchful around water.
It’s best to have any home pools protected by a fence but keep a watchful eye on any loved ones with Alzheimer’s (who may wander) to prevent an accident.
4. Dress appropriately.
As the disease progresses, decision-making becomes more difficult. Put away any winter clothes and make light summer clothing easily accessible for your loved ones.
5. Limit sun exposure.
Try to stay in shaded areas as much as possible and stay inside during the hottest part of the day, usually from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
6. Stay hydrated.
Our loved ones with Alzheimer’s may not realize that they are thirsty, so encourage them to drink frequently. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as these drinks may contribute to dehydration.
Safe Summer Activities for Loved Ones
While some extra safety precautions are necessary to enjoy the warm weather, don’t let that stop you from getting your loved one outside this season.
Activities like these can be fun and safe for many seniors with Alzheimer’s:
- Attending a baseball game or another sporting event
- Bicycling and exercise classes
- Family reunions
- Going to an outdoor movie
- Having a picnic
What are your favorite safe summer activities to do with your senior loved one with Alzheimer’s? Share your favorite activities with us in the comments below.