Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dementia winter warning


People with dementia are at higher risk of dying from the effects of the cold in winter, according to experts.

Dr Anne O'Farrell of the Health and Wellbeing Directorate, HSE, said factors putting sufferers at risk include poor eyesight, accidents in the home, financial concerns about fuel costs and social isolation.

Some drugs also cause people not to feel the cold.

Ireland has much milder winters compared to Norway but the excess winter deaths for cardiovascular mortality in Ireland are over two times the rate in Norway.

This is likely to be due to better insulated homes in Norway.

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