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Around 4:45 p.m.—everyone in my house got a new name, possibly two. My father, who didn't seem to need a clock for this, went through this change daily toward the end of the moderate stage of Alzheimer's disease.
Experts believe one of the contributing factors is a shift in their biological clock, caused from the change of daylight to dark. Keeping the house well lit during these hours will help immensely.
Physical and mental exhaustion is one of the biggest culprits. An Alzheimer's patients' days consists of coping with who's who, "where am I," and living in the past. This would mentally drain anyone.
Once again, routine is the most helpful thing for memory-impaired loved ones. Evening hours usually become the busiest in a household; people coming and going, cooking supper, phone calls and the list goes on. If the traffic in your home is high volume, try placing them in a quieter
For a caregiver, one of your best stands for defense will be to be prepared beforehand.
As the hours of daylight change with the seasons, always have you house lights turned on an hour before day's end, never allowing shadows to invade your home. Also, when you sense that a heavy bout of confusion is advancing, try to keep them preoccupied with some kind of activity. Place a photo album in their lap, anything that will redirect their jumbled thoughts. This may call for a little trial and error before you find something that is truly effective.
There were days when I swore my father's Sundowners would last morning 'til midnight. I also recall noticing similar reactions on dispiriting rainy days. Once anxiety builds, it's difficult to turn it around. Keep evenings as calm, routine and simple as possible. You just have to continue doing the best that you can.