How to help Alzheimer's patients during severe weather
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STATEWIDE -- As Sandy approaches, some activists want to make sure that loved ones are protected. People suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia may have special needs during such a large storm.
Power outages and evacuations can have a major impact on people coping with those conditions. The Alzheimer's Association has a list of tips for families.
"You always try to say make the best of it, but there's things you can do to focus a person with the diseases who may have those heightened behaviors to focus their attention elsewhere on something else other than the fact that it's pouring outside or it's windy," explained Jared Paventi, Alzheimer's Association of CNY.
An emergency kit can help people suffering from Alzheimer's. The kit should include flotation devices, medication supplies, velcro shoes, a pillow or toy to hug, and copies of legal documents.