Hello, summer! Along with a renewed opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, this lovely season brings additional reason for caution when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Dehydration is a risk all year round, but during the summer, caregivers need to be especially watchful. The following five issues put Alzheimer’s patients at extra risk of dehydration.
- They forget. The forgetfulness associated with Alzheimer’s can also mean that a senior may forget to drink, even if they are thirsty.
- Their medications are dehydrating. Many prescription medications have diuretic effects. Add that to the heat of a summer day, and a person with Alzheimer’s can easily become dehydrated.
- They are afraid of water. Hydrophobia is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s. This can result in anxiety around any water-related activity, even including drinking.
- They have trouble with reasoning. In middle-stage Alzheimer’s, a senior might feel thirsty, but not know what to do about it.
- They have trouble swallowing. Dysphasia, a late-stage Alzheimer’s symptom, can cause someone to become reluctant to drink.
By ensuring proper hydration, caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s can ensure that summer remains a relaxing and fun-filled time.
At Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Hamilton, NJ, we are experts in handling all levels of cognitive impairment, from mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
We have created a unique environment and care program specifically designed to address the needs of this population. Our Alzheimer’s Unit is situated in a separate, secure wing to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents. It offers a structured daily routine, mind-stimulating activities, excellent social interaction, with optimal patient independence in a calm and soothing atmosphere.
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