My husband was diagnosed 4 years ago and just before Christmas he has become increasingly confused and agitated as the daylight fades. Endlessly asking when he is going home etc etc. What is the best way to help him out and handle this please, Sue Arden
It amazing we have to find our ways to deal with this medical problem , that our dr knows nothing about. So I guess you have to live to know how to cope day by day. I salute all of you pioneer s for we are pushing forward together with Gods grace and strength. Love and hugs to all of you
Hello,big HUG I found that turning bright lights on before I close the curtains calms his agitation and a bowl of hjs favorite icecream does the trick till bed time***
My mother in law had that problem. It's called Sundowning. It's helps to keep curtains drawn before it does get dark. But other then that, Hospice had put her on Anxiety meds.
My husband has been experiencing what I think is part of sundowning. It’s like an anxiety attack with sweats, fear, nervousness, edginess that comes on very quickly. We do breathing exercises and started trying watching Utube site that he watches/listens to to help calm him diwn. Google ASMR and lots of videos all related to relaxing our body and brain. Check it out to see what you think. Some sights and sounds that calm us and can also help us fall asleep, if that’s a problem. I think it is truly helping him come around from these episodes without the lorazepam I have been giving him when he wasn’t coming back quickly.
I find that making sure the house stays lit as possible as it gets darker outside helps. My dad enjoys watching the outside through the windows, which creates a special problem when it starts getting dark out. He goes to bed early- I think it’s his own way of dealing with the impact of sundowning, which I’m pretty sure he recognizes is happening sometimes. So, as the late afternoon hits, we make sure his major lights are all on. Sucks for our electric bill but it provides some comfort.