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Hot Times: How Summer Heat Affects Caregiving

Amy Goyer shares tips for keeping her 90 year-old Dad cool and exercising in the summer heat.The dog days of summer can complicate caregiving. For my 90-year-old dad, whose progressing Alzheimer’s disease makes him sensitive to extremes in temperature, the typical 110-degree Phoenix weather is too hot to go outside, but an overly air-conditioned room is too cold. The result for my father is low motivation, appetite and activity levels that aren’t good for his health. Here are some of the creative ways I use to keep up with my dad’s health care, socialization and exercise needs during the extreme heat of summer, even as Alzheimer’s is changing his capabilities:

 

 

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Amy Goyer is AARP’s family, caregiving and multi-generational issues expert. She spends most of her time in Phoenix, where she lives and takes care of  her father. She is the author of AARP’s Juggling Work and Caregiving. Follow Amy on Twitter @AmyGoyer and on Facebook.