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Sundowning And What Helps?

Sundowning And What Helps?

Need help with sundowning. Is there anything I can do to make him feel it’s not time to go to bed as soon as it gets dark out. He use to watch tv now he tells me he doesn’t like show or it’s too long he wants to go to bed. If I let him go to bed that early he will be up in middle of nite.

A myALZteam Member said:

My husband has the same problem. I think it is because he cannot process the dialogue fast enough and gets lost in trying to follow the story line. We do better with animal or zoo programs. Antique roadshow seems to work too. It is a hit or miss and what works one week may not work the next. Good luck.

posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

TV was also hard for my husband. I would play internet radio off the tV - instrumental piano was a favorite. Slow revolving scenery pictures would play on the TV. Music goes to a different part of the brain than dialog and was more calming. Sometimes looking at old photo albums was enjoyable to him. Late afternoon rides through a game preserve were enjoyable.

posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Hmmmm I get sleepy when it gets dark so I got nothing for you. Sundowning is real and so common you would think we would have an answer to it rather than a sleeping pill but we needed help in corralling Mom at night. I agree with comments that shows on TV make no sense to him or AD. Maybe Youtube videos at night could interest him. Mom's active nights created many challenges for us. We could not keep her awake during the day and then she would be off and running at sundown. I think everyone dealing with sundowning should look at home security first as meds don't seem to help keep AD out of trouble at night. Many blessings to you and to your husband

posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

I give my mom Melatonin approved by her doctor..it helps some 🙏🏼

posted 7 months ago
A myALZteam Member said:

Ken doesn’t have a problem with sleep yet, but has been sleeping later in the morning. He does start with wanting to know when we’re going home when it starts getting dark. Sometimes it seems to help him to get his bearings when he goes outside and sees our house and yard. Last night he went out a few times, just to look. We have a yard light and along with the porch light, he can see well enough.

posted 7 months ago
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