Sleep Management Tips for Sundowners Syndrome


Does your elderly loved one have sundowners syndrome? This happens with many people who are diagnosed with dementia. If your elderly loved one has this syndrome, it is important that they get the best sleep possible. Without proper sleep, your elderly loved one is more likely to have worsened symptoms. There are some sleep management tips that you or a senior care provider could help your elderly loved one with starting today.

Using Calming and Familiar Music

One of the ways that you can help your elderly loved one to get better sleep is by turning on calming and familiar music. Usually, low-tempo, soothing music can help those with dementia to get better sleep. It can help them to fall asleep quicker. Make a playlist of calming music that your elderly loved one would enjoy. Play this quietly while they are trying to go to bed or just before they go to bed.


Massages

Some elderly people with dementia do still enjoy massages. You could give your elderly loved one a foot massage, hand massage, head massage, or back massage. This can soothe them, so they are able to fall asleep better. Using warm lotion during the massage may calm them even further.


Using Aromatherapy

You could try to use aromatherapy with your elderly loved one. Some people who experience sundowners syndrome can’t fall asleep because they aren’t relaxed. There are many essential oils that are known to promote relaxation. For instance, lavender has been used to help people get better sleep. You may have to use trial and error to find which essential oils work best for your elderly loved one. Once you figure this out, you or the senior care provider can place the essential oil in the diffuser when your elderly loved one goes to bed.

Melatonin

If nothing else is working, you might want to talk to your elderly loved one’s doctor about melatonin. This is something that is naturally produced by the body. However, some people just don’t make enough of it. If the doctor approves, you or the senior care provider could give your loved one melatonin before they go to bed. This can make them more relaxed and tired, so they are able to fall asleep and stay asleep for a longer period of time.

Conclusion

These are some of the sleep management tips for someone who has sundowners syndrome. If this is something that your elderly loved one has, be sure to use these tips to help them get better sleep.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Homecare in Wellington, FL, or the surrounding areas, please give us a call at (561) 465-5920


Sources
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3246134/
https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/6-tips-managing-sleep-problems-alzheimers

How Does the Immune System Change with Age?

Aging changes the body in many ways. There are obvious, external changes, like graying or thinning hair and wrinkles. However, there are also many changes that we cannot see. One of the changes that occurs is in the immune system. Understanding what changes and how you can help your aging relative to strengthen their immune system can allow you to assist them in staying healthier.

What Changes?

There are two kinds of immunity. They are:
Innate Immunity: Innate immunity is the kind of immunity that kicks in to fight infections.
Adaptive Immunity: Adaptive immunity remembers certain kinds of germs the body has encountered before and attacks them.

As the body ages, innate immunity may not fall back after it takes care of the initial attack. As a result, the body develops chronic inflammation. At the same time, adaptive immunity gets weaker and doesn’t fight viruses, fungi, and bacteria as well as it used to. The combination of these two things means that older adults aren’t able to stave off illnesses the way they could when they were younger, so they catch colds, flus, and other things more easily and more often than young adults do. And, because their immune systems are weaker, they may have worse symptoms and develop complications.

How Can You Help a Senior to Support Their Immune System?

Although it’s normal for a senior to have a weaker immune response, there are still things that can be done to strengthen their immune systems. Some tips for improving an older adult’s immune system are:


Quit Smoking: Smoking is responsible for increasing the risk of developing many kinds of diseases. By encouraging an older adult to quit smoking, you can help them to reduce those risks.


Sleep Well: Studies show that when people sleep 6 or fewer hours per night, they catch colds more often. Seniors should aim for between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night.


Eat More Plant-Based Foods: Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation.


Exercise Regularly: Getting enough exercise helps the body to fight inflammation. Experts say this has to do with an increase in muscle tissue, which produces inflammation-fighting proteins that also help the immune system to work better.

Home care can assist your older family member to boost their immunity.

If the older adult is trying to quit smoking, home care can offer encouragement and distract them when they have an urge to smoke. Home care providers can also prepare healthy meals that include more fruits and vegetables. And, if your aging relative needs to move more, home care can help with that, too. Home care providers can go for walks with seniors, drive them to exercise classes, or just assist them in moving more around the house.

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Caregiver in Wellington, FL, or the surrounding areas, please give us a call at (561) 465-5920

Sources
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com
https://www.health.harvard.edu/
https://www.healthline.com/

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