Since most Alzheimer’s patients can’t tell us they’re too hot, it’s up to us to keep watch during the summer heat season and make sure they’re as comfortable as we can make them.
- See that they have enough fluids so they won’t become dehydrated. This sometimes is difficult to achieve because they may refuse to drink much. Try to find something they will like, and that is good for them in hot weather, if they’re adverse to water, as my Mom was.
- Adjust temperatures in their living space as much as possible.
- See that they aren’t wearing clothing that is too hot. They may not realize that a heavy sweater isn’t needed. Also, this may be a time, if they feel hot, they will act as children do, and start taking off clothes…too many of them.
- Generally serve cooler foods. Try to find foods that appeal to their appetite when eating can lose appeal in hot weather.
What are some ways you help your Alzheimer’s family member cope with the heat?