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Dementia – worse in the morning?

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Crengles, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Crengles

    Crengles New member

    Jul 15, 2019
    2
    Hello. My mum has vascular dementia which came on very quickly and severely (although she refuses to accept her diagnosis).

    Unfortunately she lives alone as I live and work in a different part of the country.

    The mornings are the worst time for her. On a daily basis I get several morning calls where she is very distressed. She is aware that her memory is failing and is totally fed up and desperate about it.

    She keeps repeating "what is wrong with my brain? What can I do about it?" etc

    Has anyone experienced similar/found ways to lessen the distress, particularly in the morning?
     
  2. Rob_E

    Rob_E Registered User

    Feb 1, 2015
    162
    Male
    Liverpool
    Very much so! Morning and evenings just before bedtime are the worst times but in a different way. Mum was never a morning person at the best of times. I do live with her but am very often not there in the morning when she gets up due to work. Giving her a drink (water or coffee) helps, I think she is often de-hydrated in the morning. This was one of the factors that made me realise that I had to bring in carers. A carer calls in the morning to help her get up, have a wash and makes her breakfast. This has helped a lot as she has accepted the carers, but I know that some people unfortunately don't. Is she on any medication? It may be worth arranging a medication review with her GP. Mum is on Citalopram for her anxiety which has also helped. We had to have the dose increased just after Christmas which has helped her relax a bit more.
     
  3. Crengles

    Crengles New member

    Jul 15, 2019
    2
    Cheers Rob. You could well be onto something with the dehyration. I will talk to her GP about anti depressants also
     

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