Hi, I am new to the group and didn't quite know what to expect here. My stepdad has Alzheimers and it is really taking a toll on my mom. I try to help by getting her out of the house once in a while and supporting them all I can financially but I am getting to the point that I feel like I am losing ground. I'd like to know what other suggestions the group might have of ways that I can take some of the strain off my mom. Also, we need suggestions of anything that has seemed to help the "sundowning" symptoms in others.
Thanks for your reply. I know we are facing a daunting task. Thank goodness the whole family is on the same page and wanting to help. The suggestion about the senior agencies is a good one. There is a very active senior center in the town where they live. I'll check there for resources and info. Thanks again.
Try keywording Alzheimer's disease in Google. You can also look for local support groups. Senior citizen agencies quite often have people who volunteer to provide respite from time to time. There is a lot of information available relating to safety, and managing behaviors. It's a huge job, and sometimes involves heartbreak. My heart goes out to you.