Summer brings adventures and explorations outdoors , as well as an opportunity to make incredible memories with senior loved ones. As you plan your summer fun, be sure to take precautions that keep your loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia safe.
Alzheimer’s caregivers always need to be vigilant in keeping their loved one safe, but with the warmer weather comes additional safety concerns. A senior who wanders may face additional safety challenges in the summer if they are not hydrated, or are not wearing sunscreen. Read more for tips on keeping your loved ones safe while still enjoying all that summer has to offer.
Keeping a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Safe in the Summer
Here are some tips that can help your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia stay safe as the temperature rises:
1. Stay hydrated.
People with dementia may not realize that they are thirsty, so encourage them to drink frequently. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as these drinks may contribute to dehydration.
2. Apply sunscreen regularly.
Again, a senior with Alzheimer’s may not remember to put on sunscreen, so be sure to remind them to reapply when needed.
3. Dress appropriately.
As dementia progresses, decision making becomes more difficult. Put away any winter clothes and make light, summer clothing easily accessible for your loved ones.
4. 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.
5. Be watchful around water.
It’s best to have any home pools protected by a fence but keep a watchful eye on any seniors who may wander to prevent an accident.
6. Avoid loud noises and crowds.
Both loud noises and crowds can be overwhelming for someone with dementia so consider watching any fireworks or attending any parades from a distance.
Safe Summer Activities for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
While some extra safety precautions are necessary to enjoy the summer weather, don’t let that stop you from getting your loved one outside to enjoy the season.
Activities like these can be fun and safe for many seniors with dementia:
- Attending a baseball game or another sporting event
- Attending an outdoor concert
- Bicycling or spin 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.
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