Memory Health: Alzheimer's Support Group
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Looking for advise


My name is Jerry, HHA

My latest client has Alzheimers. My objective is to provide care to allow his wife to manage her day to day home duties. The client is pretty good early in the day but around 8pm he becomes very confused and wants to talk to his wife. He does not make sense and she get upset. I feel that I am not doing a good job when this happens. There is no reasoning with him as he is so confused. I am searching for ideas to help manage him and keep him on track. Wondering, opening and closing doors, light swiches. When it comes time to get ready for bed,last night, I was unable to get him to even remove his shoes. Any advise is welcome

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Hi Jerry,

Welcome to the community, and thanks for sharing your situation. What you describe is commonly known as "sundowning", where people with Alzheimer's can commonly become agitated in the evening.

Some strategies for dealing with sundowning include a daily routine with morning exercise and exposure to bright light (in the morning). In the evening, avoid large meals, and stimulants like caffeine and alcohol.

Soft music in the evening can be calming. Also turn on lights in the house before sundown -- keeping the light at a constant level until bedtime seems to help with many cases.

Hope this helps. All the best.


Thank you christian. I will post results.


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