If you have a loved one with Alzheimer's disease, you know that oftentimes as the day winds down, the stress ramps up. Sundown syndrome, a common experience in dementia in which seniors become agitated, fearful, and restless during the evening hours, is exhausting for all involved. Concerns increase as family members try to keep the elderly adult calm and safe, while attempting to get some rest themselves.
One extraordinary program presents a solution: overnight care that provides services specifically for people with sundowning issues. Described as a slumber party ambiance, aging adults get involved in a full array of structured activities in a safe atmosphere: music and dancing, puzzles, movies, preparing food, and more - offering family care providers a much appreciated chance to sleep themselves. “Many family members want to care for relatives with Alzheimer’s at home, but in order to do that, the caregivers themselves have to remain healthy. You cannot stay healthy if you don’t get a good night’s sleep,” shares Ruth Drew of the Alzheimer’s Association.
There are, however, a number of other measures to try to restore healthy sleep patterns for seniors:
There are also a variety of medications the doctor may want to try if none of the non-drug approaches help, including:
Make sure to discuss the risks vs. benefits of any treatment option recommended by the senior’s doctor. And, remember that a treatment plan that works now may not be as effective as the disease progresses - and vice versa.
Midnight Sun Home Care’s Alzheimer’s and dementia care services can also assist seniors and family caregivers in Anchorage and throughout the Mat-Su Valley with overnight caregivers in the home to help restore peace to evening hours. Contact us at (907) 677-7890 to learn more about how we provide the kind of Alzheimer's care Anchorage families trust the most.