Faced with the recent heat wave, Fundació ACE experts warn of the risk that high temperatures pose for people suffering from dementia.
Dehydration is one of the main dangers for people with Alzheimer's, since they often do not get enough water. This is because it is usual that they do not remember the last time they have drunk, they have less feeling of thirst and, in addition, they make a little varied diet. On the other hand, it is also likely that they are exposed to the sun for longer than it is recommended.
In this sense, Natàlia Tantinyà, head of nursing at the Daycare Unit of the Foundation, urges caregivers to pay special attention to people with dementia and ensure that they maintain healthy routines and habits to cope with the heat.
Check that people affected with dementia drink water regularly, do not go outside during the hottest hours, such as midday or early afternoon, avoid hot meals and wear fresh clothes, are some of the guidelines that professionals advise to follow to avoid dehydration or other health problems related to high temperatures.
Dehydration or heat stroke can manifest in symptoms such as headache and dizziness, accelerated breathing and heart rate, or even changes in behaviour.
That is why, in the case of people with dementia, it is necessary for their caregivers to pay attention to the possible appearance of these symptoms and, if necessary, notify to the health services.