Nighttime is when some Alzheimer’s patients are most restless, creating an anxious, sleepless time for caregivers who worry about their loved ones wandering.
“It is common for them to get their circadian rhythms off,” said Jean Van Den Beldt, administrator of Byron Center Manor, which plans to begin a new dawn-to-dusk activity program called Twilight Care.
The dementia-care and adult-day services community at 2115 84th St. SW is starting the program, which will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., to keep restless patients in a safe, stimulating environment. The cost is $120 per night.
via New service keeps restless Alzheimer’s patients busy at night | MLive.com.
Here’s a good post on Alzheimer’s sundowning. The blogger starts by describing one aspect of sundowning behavior — hallucinating — and then shares a list of tips to try and avoid this often scary symptom of Alzheimer’s. Sundowning behaviors can include wandering, becoming upset or disoriented, and growing suspicious in the late afternoon or early evening.
Coping with my mother’s forgetfulness was easy in the early stages of her dementia. Things changed after she started to hallucinate. I was taking my mother back to her apartment in an assisted living community when she described one of her hallucinations.
“Last night four people came into my apartment and asked to live with me,” she began. “I told them it was my apartment and they couldn’t stay. I could see them clearly and then they slowly disappeared. It took me a while to realize they weren’t real.”
I didn’t want to upset my mother. What should I say? “It’s a good thing you figured that out,” I replied. Mom agreed with me.
via Alzheimer’s Disease: Responding to Sundowning.