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If you are like most people, you feel cold every now and then during the winter. What you may not know is that just being really cold can make you very sick.Older woman wearing winter clothes

Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults

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People with Alzheimer’s disease can be especially vulnerable during disasters such as severe weather, fires, floods, earthquakes, and other emergency situations. It is important for caregivers to have a disaster plan that includes the special needs of people with Alzheimer’s, whose impairments in memory and reasoning severely limit their ability to act appropriately in crises.Flooded road time

Disaster Preparedness for Alzheimer's Caregivers

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Use the following room-by-room checklist to alert you to potential hazards and to record any changes you need to make to help keep a person with Alzheimer’s disease safe. You can buy products or gadgets necessary for home safety at stores carrying hardware, electronics, medical supplies, and children's items.

Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer's Disease

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Over time, people with Alzheimer’s disease become less able to manage around the house. For example, they may forget to turn off the oven or the water, how to use the phone during an emergency, which things around the house are dangerous, and where things are in their own home.

Home Safety and Alzheimer's Disease