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Carers urged to keep people with dementia cool and hydrated as temperatures soar

The Alzheimer's Society is warning that dehydration in people who have dementia can cause increased confusion

The Alzheimer’s Society is warning that people with dementia must be kept cool and well-hydrated during the heatwave to avoid severe health problems.

Dehydration can lead to greater confusion among people with dementia, and the problems can be particularly exacerbated if people are living on their own, said the charity’s advice service manager Megan Cruise.

She added: ‘A heatwave can lead to a vicious cycle. People with dementia may forget to drink enough fluids and wear suitable clothing.

'As temperatures rise we are urging relatives, carers and others to check in on people with dementia to make sure they are okay. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, eat regularly to replace salts, dress in cool, light clothes and stay out of the heat. If you know someone with dementia, pop in to see them and make sure they’re remembering to take extra measures to keep themselves healthy during the hot weather.’

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