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we are not able to watch the TV in the afternoon and evenings as mum sees what is on as real life and happening in our home and she gets very agitated and aggressive.
Does anyone else experience anything like this.
That was a problem at our house too. If mom saw a news program reporting on the fires in California, for example, she'd be terrifed and begin looking out of her bedroom window to see if they were getting close to our house (in Wisconsin). For awhile, PBS programs were gentle enough, but some of the 'commercials' for upcoming programming were too scary for her to watch. What eventually worked for her was to choose DVDs with suitable story lines and captioning available (mom was very hard of hearing). Later on, when she could no longer read well (captioning would then become frustrating because it moved too quickly for comprehension) and story lines were difficult to follow, I began introducing more children's programming. Honestly, my mom's favorite was 'Baby Einstein' -- just gentle subject matter, pictures of animals, babies, flowers, and such.
with my husband, we could only watch a couple shows that he really liked from the past. A better alternative to TV for him was music that he used to enjoy. Near the end, music with words was too much for him and he did better with "easy listening " piano solos with no words. Internet radio has Ambient section with piano that worked well for him. I would run it through the TV.
Same here. I think of it as “sliding door” moments. Can occur sometimes when watching tv or when just waking up. . If I have to awaken Nev from a sleep I often tell him that the dream is over and he is home again. Find I can gently talk him back to the present/reality,. With the tv issues, I switch off immediately if explanation is not working.
Thank you DebbieJohnsonWaskow
Mum lives with what is on the television its real life and happening to her the people that are on are in the room and she talks to them and gets distressed agitated and aggressive.
We now listen to more music.
Thank you for giving me some insite as to how it is for you.
Mum also dreams a lot and if she wakes up still in her dream it is real life and happening she can sometimes be very distressed.
Hugs and prayers to you and your family.x
I have Alzheimer's. I watch t.v. with my husband in the evening. I sometimes dream about what I've seen on t.v. Not typically nightmares, but it is strange that it is in my dream. Also, I love to read at night. Sometimes I dream about what I've read.
Ps. On a really bad day, which is rare...I try silence...has worked on occasion. I use ear pods and iPad if not preparing dinner et
Aldo has mild sundowners at times but I keep very bright lights on after late afternoon...lately he's up early about 6 am and doesn't turn lights on and i find him a bit confused in am due to low lighting. iI also don't put disturbing news stations or loud overactive tv shows on in evening..
Yes, we experience the dame thing with my dad. Sometimes we give up and turn it off. We have has luck with filtering what we watch. Light hearted comedy as opposed to action movies or talk shows where people argue. We have a movie he likes in the dvr that we put on during these times when he is aggrivated.
So far, that hasn't been a problem for us. Mom can't remember how to use the remote to turn the television on, so she only watches what we are watching. She still likes to watch Wheel of Fortune. Prior to the disease, she was very good at solving the puzzles. I think she remembers that she used to be able to do that.
Sometimes happens here too. Even favourite Classical music concerts seem too stimulatory. Sensory overload?. I have found quiet music, without words/visuals works.