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5 Techniques That Will Help You Calm Your Elderly Loved One at Dinner Time

a-1 domestic arthritisSundowner’s Syndrome refers to a set of symptoms characterized by disorientation, depression, restlessness, anxiety, mood swings, paranoia, crying, pacing, violent behavior, and wandering, especially in the late afternoon or early evening (hence the name “Sundowner’s”).  This syndrome is associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia; the underlying root of this behavior is fear, and seniors try to come to terms with their surroundings by pacing back and forth because their state of mind is agitated.  As the sun begins to set and you’re preparing dinner, here are some ways to assuage your parent:

  • Keep them busy. Give them a task like washing lettuce or stirring the beans.
  • Turn on the lights to ensure adequate lighting
  • Make sure your elderly loved one is taking the right dosage of medication
  • Turn on the TV and let him watch his favorite show
  • Give him a pet like a little dog to bring some joy

A 24-hour companion adds a lot to the ambiance as well.  She can keep your mom company as they do arts and crafts activities or some other hobby that your elderly loved one enjoys doing.  A-1 Home Care’s 24 hour caregivers have years of experience helping seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  Live-in care includes assistance with cooking, cleaning, laundry, bathing, grooming, transportation to anywhere in Altadena.   With an extra set of hands and feet around the house, you can relax and enjoy quality time with your elderly loved one instead of focusing on the menial tasks.

About A-1 Home Care

A-1 Home Care was established in 1991 as a licensed, bonded and insured home care agency, delivering exceptional senior care to Altadena, Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Glendale, Glendora, Burbank and other cities throughout LA County.  As one of the few state-licensed agencies in California, A-1 Home Care sends you 24 hour caregivers who are thoroughly screened for their criminal background clearance.  All professional references are verified.  We offer affordable senior care services that fit any budget under the sun at unbeatable rates you can’t find anywhere else!

For quality Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, call (626) 287-0250 or visit our website www.altadenainhomecare.com for services in your area.

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