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.


Thursday, June 14, 2007


Every night Muddear and I complete her bedtime routine.
  1. Medicine and inhaler at 8:00 p.m.
  2. Muddear selects and puts on fresh gown at 8:30 p.m.
  3. Medicine and breathing treatment at 9:00 p.m.
  4. Cleanse and medicate skin affected by skin infection at 9:30 p.m.
  5. Final inhaler at 9:30 p.m.

Sometimes I am a half hour or so off our routine, but for the most part Muddear knows what to expect. Tonight during gown selection, Muddear began to study her gown of choice pretty intensely. Warning bells started to go off in my head - Muddear was inspecting one of the new gowns I recently purchased. She just sat there staring at the gown for what seemed like an eternity. I thought, "please, oh please Lord...don't let this be the beginning of an argument. I really cannot deal with an argument with Muddear tonight."

Out of the blue, Muddear says, "Ooohh, this gown has slits on both sides!" For those of you who have read the post Shopping for Gowns dated Thursday, May 17, 2007, you know that this violates Muddear's gown specifications! At this point, I began mentally preparing for an argument. So, I ignored the comment and kept watching television. So Muddear says again...

"Ooohh, this gown has slits on both sides! How SEXY!"

I thought I would explode with laughter. Fortunately I was able to keep my composure when I responded.

"Yes, Muddear...that gown is sexy." Now who would have thought?


Rhea said...

I love that! Her mind is still lively!

Nikki said...


Your absolutely right! Sometimes Muddear amazes me.