People Wander

People with dementia can wander at night for lots of different reasons. One reason may be that they have extra energy that wasn’t used up during the day. Having a daily routine that includes physical activity may reduce night wandering.

Make sure the activities are suitable for the person with

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Video: Living with a person with Dementia

Know the person you are caring for

  • What did the person like doing before the onset of dementia?
  • Did they enjoy walking, doing the gardening or playing bowls?
  • It’s important to know their lifestyle before dementia so you can encourage them to do activities that they are familiar with and enjoy.

Activities that are meaningful

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Get Some Light

Encouraging your loved one with dementia to get some light during the day will be important in helping them to sleep better at night. Being outside in the sunshine or sitting by a sunny window or in a well-lit room helps us feel more awake for longer during the day. This improves our night time

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Maintaining Habits and Routines

A healthy daily routine will help with sleeping well at night. Try to keep routines familiar.

  • If your loved one has always gone to bed late and woken up late, this might be the most natural rhythm for them.
  • If they ate their main meal at lunch before developing dementia, this may be how they

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Keep Naps Short and Sweet

If your loved one doesn’t sleep well at night, they may need to take a nap during the day. While napping can help you feel more awake, it can also disrupt nighttime sleep. If they do take a nap, keep it short (about 15-20 minutes) and in the early afternoon. While they are napping, consider

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Experiment and Stay Flexible

Like everyone, people with dementia have good days and bad days. Some days our ability to do things, remember people and communicate our needs is better than on other days. On difficult days, carers and loved ones need to be flexible and try different things to see what is going to work. Establish

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Meals

Keeping meals, activities and naps at the same time everyday will help reduce confusion and help with sleep at night.

Staying Social

Having enjoyable social contact with others is important for people with dementia.

  • Being with people creates emotional connection and mental stimulation.
  • Being social can help reduce feelings of stress and boredom.
  • Feeling stressed or bored can make it difficult to get to sleep and may

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Exercise and stress

Daily physical activity is important for both carers and people living with dementia. It reduces stress, enhances sleep and improves the quality of your life.

Activity and Sleep

If you stay physically active during the day, you are more likely to sleep well at night. Everyone needs physical activity to keep their body healthy. Physical activity relieves stress and helps the body perform its functions. When we feel tired through doing activities, we are more likely to relax

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