Early stages of dementia can be very frustrating

The early stages of dementia can be very frustrating for a patient increasingly conscious of their cognitive decline.
As the disease progresses many are quite content living in the present tense. They are not bothered by mistakes of the past and do not worry about the future.
Many people with Alzheimer’s experience “sundowning,” or late-day behavioral changes that include confusion and restlessness.
At the Alzheimer’s Support Groups of Southeast Indiana, Inc. support group meetings caregivers have shared advice and concerns about managing parents and partners when the sun sets.
You may have some ideas that you can share with others to help them with times like this.
*Keeping rooms light and bright before dark may help.
*Finding distractions can subdue late-day anxiety.  
*Certain foods may have a calming effect.
*A bowl of one’s favorite ice cream may do the trick till bed time.
*Music, warm towels, a snuggle, stroking a beloved pet may help.
Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s is a huge challenge. “Sundowning” can add to the stress.
 In today’s world there is lots of excellent helpful information on line.  But …personal sharing with others who understand what you the caregiver are going through may just be what you need to get you through another difficult day or week.
If you know of someone who needs help please share this notice with them and invite them to attend a support group meeting with you.
The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Highpoint Health Hospital, Ohio Room – 2nd Floor, Lawrenceburg.
For reliable information or support the Alzheimer’s Association help line is available 24/7 at 800-272-3900.  You can find helpful information at  www.alz.org  and www.thefamilycaregiver.org
We have the book “Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease” an Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging and other helpful literature. We would be happy to give you a copy, it is free.
For information or educational materials call: Karen Brandt 1-812-637-1748 or 1-888-422-2691

Karen Brandt is the Alzheimer’s Support Groups of Southeast Indiana, Inc. support group leader.

 

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