Dentures in the silverware drawer. A favorite trinket hidden behind a stack of books. Hearing aids buried deep in a trash can. There’s no limit to where some people with dementia will hide their belongings to keep them out of the hands of “thieves.” And, when they can’t find their possessions later, family members are often the prime suspects.
Sleep issues are a common occurrence for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Unfortunately, they then become an issue for caregivers and everyone else involved in the care of the individual. When the person you’re caring for doesn’t sleep well, you don’t sleep well, which makes everyone involved tired, cranky and overall not in their best form. “Sleep plays an important role in cognitive function,” says Robin Crum, Executive Director of YourLife™ of Pensacola, a Memory Care community in Pensacola, FL.
Those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia face a wide range of emotions. After all, caring for someone with memory loss can be scary, frustrating, agitating and overwhelming. Helping your loved one manage their many emotions while trying to manage your own can be downright stressful. Learning how to manage your emotions early on can help to alleviate some pressure and create better days for both you and your loved one, but when you aren’t sure where to start, it can seem daunting.
When you have a parent whose health just isn't what it used to be, you may become concerned that they will begin to need some level of extra care. While this is often normal as parents age, some may not accept they need added care and deny it whenever the subject comes up. This can be both concerning and frustrating for adult children who recognize the need, but it is important to try to understand their point of view and fears, as this can be a difficult time for them.
Does your loved one’s mood take a nosedive, or do their behaviors become more challenging, as nightfall approaches? Do they often wake during the night, causing you to worry about their safety or lose much-needed sleep yourself? Did you know there’s a term for this neurological condition and specific tasks you can take to minimize its effects?