May 19, 2015

Dementia in The Summer

The days are getting longer and the sun is giving us some well-deserved rays, but what does this mean for those who suffer Dementia? Well this is thankfully a much easier season for dementia patients than winter, but there are still a few things to consider.

As days are longer and brighter, patients may manage to get outside for fresh air and sunshine. So a good idea is to discuss and plan these outdoor activities with the patients to reduce any confusion, and provide them a little more control. It is also important to provide a source of vitamin D by getting the patients out and into the sunshine whenever possible. Not only is this beneficial for the patients, but for the carers as well, as studies have shown that those who are deficient in vitamin D are more likely to develop Dementia.

Another aspect of summer that is important in care for dementia is food. With the summer season comes a greater variety of fresh and lighter food options, and as we all know, diet is a very important part of disease prevention. Diet is also important in reducing further decline in Dementia sufferers. So ensuring a variety of fresh salads, fruits and seasonal foods will definitely help with patient nutrition.

The Difficulties of Dementia in The Summer

One negative aspect of summer for dementia patients is that they may feel left out in activities such as family holidays, for example. However, if they were to be taken on holiday then it should be considered that they may become quite stressed and confused, especially in a new environment that they haven’t been to before. Careful planning here is required to ensure that patients are as calm as possible, which will reduce confusion.

Throughout summer we shall regularly post tips, advice and articles on how you can help and manage the dementia patient in your life. So make sure to follow us on social media!