Winter weather conditions — colder temperatures, snow, ice and early darkness — can be potentially dangerous and even life-threatening for the 410,000 New Yorkers living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. For their caregivers, the stress and challenges to keep their loved ones safe during this time can be overwhelming. By preparing in advance, caregivers can make a big difference in keeping their loved one with Alzheimer’s and other dementia safe.

“People living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia can be vulnerable during winter weather because their judgment may be impaired and they may be unable to communicate discomfort,” said Beth Smith-Boivin, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York chapter. “It’s really important to take extra precautions with these individuals when there is severe winter weather or other excessive weather conditions like snow or ice.”

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