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The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ insights on sundowning that occurs at other times of day, like “sunrising.”

The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for using medications to help minimize sundowning behaviors.

The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for keeping a dementia patient calm and engaged.

The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled some of our users’ best ideas for enabling a dementia patient to participate and contribute in spite of their increasing difficulties.

Mum hasn’t been herself lately, and it’s been weighing heavily on my mind. Perhaps something is wrong with her medication regimen, or it could be what I dread most: her Alzheimer’s disease is progressing.

I see Mum fading in and out of reality, sometimes recognizing the severity of her illness and other times not even realizing something is wrong. All I can do is go through the motions with her.

It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.

A dementia diagnosis in itself often catches patients and their families off guard. Unfortunately, the surprises only continue as a loved one's condition progresses, and it can take a lot of strength to accept that their future cannot be defined.

Sometimes the smallest mishap can be extremely upsetting for a loved one with memory issues. An accident or misunderstanding can cause emotional turmoil for days. Sarah Jane shares her experience of coping with the aftereffects of a minor mistake and how she helped to calm her mother down in the end.

Shadowing, repeating questions and wandering are all troubling symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Caregivers often are annoyed with these behaviors and may try to correct them, but it is important to remember that these patients do not have control over their actions.

Familiarity, distinctiveness, accessibility, legibility, comfort and safety: these visual cues help us all throughout our lives, whether we realize it or not. Utilizing each of these cues both inside and outside the home can increase a loved one's quality of life and ability to function safely and independently.

Once-familiar tasks can become difficult, frustrating, and even downright impossible for individuals with dementia. Sometimes gentle encouragement and careful observation are the best things a caregiver can offer to a loved one facing these challenges.

We all lose track of time once in a while. But, for a dementia patient, time is their greatest enemy.

A dementia patient's idiosyncrasies can be rather puzzling. As caregivers, we must learn to go with the flow and pick our battles carefully.

Charlie just got a hearing aid, which he desperately needed, but I can't convince him to wear it.

Whenever I do something dumb, it's easy to blame it on my Alzheimer's disease.

Last night, after I went to bed, Charlie's dementia convinced him to turn down the thermostat, even though I told him not to.

When you think about the telltale signs of dementia, memory loss is often top of mind. But new research sheds light on the dangerous dementia symptom that has nothing to do with memory.

You never know what a dementia patient is going to come up with. Charlie's latest habit is as perplexing as it is frustrating.

Charlie has resumed one of the unhealthy habits he first picked up during his days as a fighter pilot.
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