Event Date: Feb 18, 2011
Practical, research supported, non-drug based methods to help someone with dementia get a better sleep.
Did you know that as many as 40-70% of people with dementia have sleep problems? Sleep problems interfere with memory, problem solving, everyday function and can contribute to aggressive behavior and depression. Research shows that many healthcare providers are only now becoming aware of the serious consequences of poor sleep and that medication is not a preferred long-term solution. Cary will describe in everyday language the five stages of sleep (yes there is more to sleep then REM!) and why we need all five stages. She'll explain why people with dementia are at risk for not having good quality sleep and why lack of quality sleep effects emotional, cognitive and physical functioning. Cary will also review exciting evidence that for some people, improving their sleep also helps improve their cognitive functioning and reduce the need for moving into a care facility. Lastly, she will look at practical, research supported, non-drug based methods to help someone with dementia get a better sleep. The focus will be on strategies (like sleep hygiene, environmental modification, bright light, and passive body heating) that family caregivers can safely use at home.
Presenter(s):Cary A Brown, Associate Professor at the Department of Occupational Therapy Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine University of Alberta