Aug 23, 2010

Sundowner tips

"As many as 20% of people with Alzheimer's (and other types of dementia) may experience increased anxiety, confusion, agitation, restlessness and disorientation that starts in the early evening and continues into the night," Mayo Clinic Health Source.

To help reduce late-day confusion, Mayo Clinic has these tips:
1. Plan activities and exposure to light during the day
2. Discourage daytime naps
3. Limit caffeine to early morning
4. Encourage walking at least twice a day
5. Suggest repetitive tasks late in the day (i.e. folding towels)
6. Turn on several bright light during evening
7. Avoid interruptions and noise at night
8. Keep a night light on
9. Encourage visitors

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