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4 Keys to Sundowner’s Syndrome and Alzheimer’s

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Understanding Sundowner’s syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease is an important factor for those who may be planning to provide care and support to a family member diagnosed with this disease. Sundowner’s syndrome is a serious condition that can impact people with memory loss in many different ways.

Alzheimer's Care Melbourne FL

Alzheimer’s Care Melbourne FL

While the best thing for any family to do is discuss the prospect of hiring home care support services for a loved one diagnosed with this form of dementia, it’s also just as important to be completely familiar with the various signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, including the potential for Sundowner’s syndrome.

Keep in mind that not every person diagnosed with this disease will exhibit Sundowner’s syndrome symptoms.

Sundowner’s Key #1: Routine can help.

Sundowner’s syndrome is a condition that most often impacts people toward the end of the day. That’s why it’s called Sundowner’s syndrome. Most of the time it has to do with a lack of routine or trying to get too many things done too quickly.

Somebody with compromised mental capacities may become easily overwhelmed with certain tasks. When they feel overwhelmed, they may get anxious and that can lead to specific outbursts that are commonly associated with Sundowner’s syndrome.

Sundowner’s Key #2: It may be caused by anxiety.

When somebody is trying to accomplish too many things and feels overwhelmed, it can cause anxiety. With extreme anxiety, somebody who has limited mental faculties may resort to outbursts of frustration.

This doesn’t mean they are deliberately trying to hurt those supporting them, but it is more likely the result of fear connected with the anxiety.

Sundowner’s Key #3: It can lead to outbursts.

When the anxiety gets to be too much, a person who feels that there is no other option is more likely to lash out, even at loved ones who may be doing nothing more than trying to help. It is not personal.

It’s not always easy to turn a switch off emotionally and not take things personally, especially if some of the things said seem very directed, very personal, and very hurtful.

One of the most important things to keep in mind during these situations is to not retaliate with hurtful words back to the senior dealing with Alzheimer’s.

Sundowner’s Key #4: It’s best not to strike back.

As we just mentioned, if you retaliate because you’re hurt, it’s only going to make things worse. It can actually escalate a relatively minor verbal altercation into physical aggression that can hurt people around you or the senior himself or herself.

If you’re not ready to handle Sundowner’s syndrome or other signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, sit down and discuss the prospect of hiring a home care aide instead.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Melbourne FLcontact the caring staff at Family Private Care. Call today (855) 465-0611.

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Deborah Irvine

Deborah Irvine and her husband reside in Martin County Florida. She has been married for 30 years and is the mother of two daughters. Deborah completed her nursing degree at Palm Beach Community College in 1986 and is a Registered Nurse. She also has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from Hobe Sound Bible College. Deborah worked for 9 years at Martin Memorial Hospital as a Medical/Surgical Nurse and then went into Home Health care, working for two years at a Medicare Home Health company. In 1997 Deborah went to work at Family Private Care where she started as an Independent Contractor nurse, and was soon promoted to the Director of Nursing, then became their General Manager and currently serves as Family Private Care’s President.

Deborah is a member of the Private Care Association and thereby stays involved in the political process both state-wide and national as it pertains to Nurse Registries and home care issues.

Deborah was appointed by the Commissioners of Martin County in 2005 to the board of the Treasure Coast Health Care Council where she served two terms.

Deborah has been committed to the Martin County community by serving in various roles through her church from being involved with children’s ministry through a Bus Ministry program in Indiantown to serving as a Sunday School teacher to Junior High children. Deborah continues to work with and actively supports a myriad of local community organizations.

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