Hot: Neurologists’ advice for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients

(ANSA) – ROME, July 19 – Fatigue, sleep disturbances, irritability and irritability are frequent consequences of summer’s excess heat, but have a greater impact on people with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, in Alzheimer’s patients, temperature perception and body heat regulation are altered, and thus patients may not realize they are taking a risk due to excessive heat. For this reason, the Italian Society of Neurology (Sin) has decided to launch an alert for patients and caregivers and offer some advice to counteract the negative effects of heat waves.

“The first good rules to keep in mind are about proper hydration with 2 or 3 liters of water per day and a diet rich in summer fruits and vegetables that contain plenty of fluids, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber that are able to support the body and mind,” explains Alfredo Berardelli. , president of Sin Corporation.

In particular, for Parkinson’s patients, neurologists explain, “It is important not to indulge in lethargy caused by heat, starting the day with a 20-minute session of warm-up and stretching exercises; swimming in the pool can be a good idea”, as well as “a course of therapy.” natural watery.”

Against the risk of falls, it is recommended to use the treadmill in times of the day when motor blocks occur, as well as the use of trekking or Nordic walking poles “which allow an increase in physical capacity of about 20%. The degree of training compared to walking without aids”.

Regarding people with Alzheimer’s disease, neurologists highlight how disorientation and deterioration in orientation as well as cognitive functions can become more frequent in the summer months: “It is important to constantly refresh rooms and walk at the end of the day, in the cooler hours, to promote psychological and physical well-being. “. (Dealing).

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