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It is not uncommon for our clients who are experiencing Alzheimer’s and Mixed Dementia, to have mood swings during the evening times, somewhere after six o’clock or around sunset. During this time they are almost always very confused, and are easily irritated at most things and at almost every one. They are aware of their own confusion and sometimes at this time they usually become more agitated about it.
It is at this time that they yell and scream, perhaps throw objects or become combative, uncooperative, and more difficult to work with.
Pacing and wandering also will occur.
It is not clear yet, why these behavioral changes usually happen around this time.
How must you, as a caregiver conduct yourself when you are faced with this challenge as you care for your loved one or client?
One thing that must be abundantly clear is that, this is not the time to argue or give the client instructions, because they will only become more irritated. If you are administering bathroom care, it is suggested that you put it off for a later time. Try to change to bathroom hour to before six o’clock.
If you have planned activities, those activities might me better appreciated, by your loved one or client, before that particular hour
During Sun downing, I have observed that our clients usually remain calm and less irritated when they are left unbothered.
This is a good time for the caregiver to step into the client’s / loved one world and listen to what they are saying and stay involved in that moment with them.
In other words it is a good time to step back and surrender to your client or loved one.
Stay connected with them psychologically as you watch out for their safety.
If they are pacing quietly, simply monitor, they may not want to hear sounds of voices!
If they are wandering go with them for a walk as much as tolerable or needed. Never forget that their safety is your first priority!
Keeping in mind that it is now their world that you’ve inhabited, not yours! This may just be your way of express to them that you are truly listening and understanding what they are trying to express.

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