Heatwave warning: Alzheimer’s Society warns of the risks of hot weather for people living with dementia

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A dementia charity warns of the risk of hot weather for people living with the disease in Manchester - and gives tips on how to care for them.

Ahead of World Alzheimer's Day at the end of this month, a dementia charity is urging those with the disease to take extra care during the heatwave.

Alzheimer's Society is encouraging people with dementia and their carers to ensure those with the disease are drinking enough fluids and wearing the correct clothing as the UK is set to experience record-breaking temperatures this month.

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September is World Alzheimer's Month and the international day recognising the impacts of the disease is fast approaching on September 21.

With the heat health warning upgraded to amber, Alzheimer’s Society is providing advice to help the 3,800 people across Manchester living with dementia to stay safe and hydrated during the hot spell.

Anna Smith, Head of Involvement at Alzheimer’s Society said: People should absolutely enjoy the nice weather we’re finally having, but it’s important to note that high temperatures can lead to severe health problems for people with dementia unless they take special precautions to keep cool and well-hydrated.

“People with dementia may forget to drink enough fluids and wear suitable clothing. As the temperatures rise this week, we are urging families and carers to check in on people with dementia to make sure they are staying hydrated, wearing light clothes and keeping out of direct sun.

“Popping round to check on a neighbour, friend or family member with dementia can help keep them safe during the hot weather.”

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