"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.
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