Why Is He Acting Like That and What Is Sundowning?

Take Me To Post Comment Form

"Why is he more confused in the afternoon and evening?" is a question that is often asked by family caregivers during a support group meeting. "Sometimes I think he really doesn't have Alzheimer's dementia because he seems so normal at times." "He just doesn't seem to be the same person that I spent 40 years with!"
Come to a support group meeting the second Monday of any month from 1:30-3:00 at Statesboro First Methodist, room 200, and we'll explore these questions together. The group is affiliated with the Georgia Alzheimer's Association.
As the neurological changes in the brain of an Alzheimer's patient affect the brain's ability to analyze and remember, the patient may feel that they are in immediate danger, that people are plotting against them, that the items they lost have been stolen, that their family isn't trying to understand what they are trying to communicate, or that they have critical tasks to complete at their former work.
Issues of restlessness in the afternoon (sundowning), unprovoked anger, and lack of impulse control will be addressed by the facilitator of the group. Other concerns of mutual interest are invited for discussion.
You may call the 24 Hour Helpline 1-800-272-3900 if you have immediate need for assistance with caregiving questions. A representative from the Alzheimer's Association office in Savannah will answer the call during business hours and someone from the national staff will answer on weekends and after hours.
Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disease that can strike people as young as 30 but it is more common as people age. Scientists continue to work toward easing symptoms and finding a cure. There is help and there is hope.

Latest Activity: Dec 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Bookmark and Share
Forward This Blog
Print Blog
More Blogs by caregiver
Send caregiver a Message
Report Inappropriate Content

Blog has been viewed (601) times.

Log In to post comments.

Previous blog entries by caregiver
Early Stage Memory Loss, What Can I Say?
April 05, 2014
Imagine that you wake up one morning and find that people around you are adding some foreign words to their conversations with you. They insist that they have told you several times when lunch is scheduled. They complain that you are not listening or are being purposefully dense, refusing to ...
Read More »
Improving Communication Moderately Confused Adults
February 28, 2014
Communication problems are some of the early signs of Alzheimer's dementia in an adult who is not suffering from a stroke. This can be one of the most challenging issues for a family as the patient loses the ability to easily express his wants and opinions. He may misinterpret directions, ...
Read More »
Keep Alzheimer's Patient Home Longer
January 30, 2014
Families providing care for an adult with dementia causing illness, like Alzheimer's Disease, typically strive to postpone personal care or nursing home placement as long as possible. Many soon realize that this neurological disease causes noticeable changes in the way the ill person reacts to his environment and the family ...
Read More »
Family Gatherings Make Family Aware of Memory Loss
December 03, 2013
Thanksgiving and Christmas - time to take a trip to visit the relatives. People with Alzheimer's and other dementia causing illnesses may become more disoriented with the influx of new faces and the hustle and bustle of the season. Vacations with the extended family may illuminate the memory lapses that ...
Read More »
Planning Activities/Reducing Stress with Dementia
October 28, 2013
Eighty percent of care provided in the community for a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias is provided by unpaid caregivers according to the most recent facts and figures report from the Alzheimer's Association. 60% of caregivers rate the emotional stress of caregiving as high or vry high and 1/3 ...
Read More »
[View More Blogs...]

Powered by
Morris Technology