Tips For Caregiver's

People with Alzheimer's disease frequently become more disoriented after dark or when waking. Leaving a night-light on in the bedroom may be helpful.


Friday, April 6, 2007

Nightly rituals...

There are many tasks that Muddear is no longer able to do. However, one task Muddear is still capable of performing, happens to be changing into her nightgown at bedtime. Considering the importance of consistency to her, we always make sure that Muddear's favorite gowns are in the same drawer in her room. For the past two weeks or more, Muddear has been getting upset because she cannot locate any of her gowns. Honestly, I don't know if she actually looks or if she is starting to forget what they look like. Either way Muddear complains that they are gone; and not only are they gone now, but have been missing for weeks. My initial response is to explain that she wears them every night, so there is no need to worry. Unfortunately, Muddear thinks I am lying and then gets confused, agitated and anxious. The only thing that she remembers is a conversation we had several weeks ago about her gowns being in the washing machine and attempts to convince me, that someone has been washing her gowns for weeks now. I am then forced to pull each one out of the drawer so that Muddear can personally unfold and inspect every gown. Each gown goes through both a visual and physical inspection. It is becoming a rather odd little nightly ritual.

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