Lowering the risk of hypothermia for people with dementia?

Make sure that they drink plenty of liquids—water, fruit, or vegetable juices. Aim for eight glasses every day. Heat tends to make people lose fluids, so it is very important to remember to drink liquids when it’s hot. Try to stay away from drinks which contain alcohol or caffeine. If a doctor has recommended to limit intake of liquids, please be sure to ask the doctor what to do when it is very hot.

  • If you live in a home or apartment without fans or air conditioning, try to keep the house as cool as possible. Limit the use of ovens or any appliance that lets off heat. Cover windows with shades, blinds, or curtains during the hottest part of the day and consider opening windows at night.
  • Avoid spending time outside during the heat of the day.
  • If you have an air conditioner but can’t afford the electric bills, there may be local resources that can help. Speak to your local revacha (welfare) office.
  • Dress for the weather. Some people find natural fabrics such as cotton to be cooler than synthetic fibers. Light-colored clothing feels cooler. Don’t exercise when it’s very hot unless you are in an air conditioned space.

When the weather gets hot and temperatures start rising, it can be riskier for older people, especially for those with dementia or cognitive impairments.

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