Sundowning Sydrome in Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease

The doctor said that your parent’s attitude and personality might seem different as his or her dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis progresses. But up until now, it has just been the little things – forgetting to take medication, dropping words, sleeping more. But this week, things have escalated. He’s not sleeping; her anxiety level seems up, and both are quickly agitated. After a quick visit to the doc, you learn they are “sundowning.” Sundowning: What Is It? A symptom of dementia, sundowning

Gardener: Form a plan to build garden suiting needs

Two top 2013 trends is a return to the basics and nesting at home, partly due to a tighter economy and to find balance in a busy, tech-filled world, according to Forbes. Flower and vegetable gardening seem to fit the bill for both. Hall County Master Gardener Hugo Kollmer recently gave a lecture on gardening at the Spouts Springs library. “Some see it as a form of relaxation and some as therapy,” Kollmer said. He said he was introduced to gardening at age 4 while assisting his father, a prof

Guild supplies warmth to wee patients

Betty Wright and Peggy Gracey fiddled with the Mylar balloon’s string, as they secured it to the little pine wagon filled with small colorful quilts individually, neatly packaged. “We have 15 kids here today,” said Wright, readying to roll the flag and pinwheel-adorned quilt-carrier, and its oversized first-anniversary balloon, into the pediatric unit of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Wright is the president of Northeast Georgia Quilts for Kids, a chapter of the international organizati

Resistant Behavior with Dementia

Whether the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, behavior undeniably changes and resistance is inevitable. What were once regular daily habits, routines, and tasks may be now seen as stilted or repetitively performed. Or, in the case of personal hygiene, for example, they may be stubbornly avoided. Changes in a loved one’s behavior, whether negative or merely passive, is very disconcerting to family members, and especially adult children. This is not the mom or dad they remembe

Bluegrass, food bring folks together

Despite a heavy late afternoon shower Saturday, the grassy expanse alongside the historic train depot in Flowery Branch was filled with families and the air with the music of bluegrass. Fiddlin’ at the Tracks, sponsored by the Flowery Branch police department, attracted people from throughout the area. Families gathered to listen to music, roast marshmallows and enjoy hot dogs grilled by department members and their families, all for free. By the time the band went on at 6 p.m., the rain was g

South Hall pantry fills increasing need

Andy Seibert, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, helped carry the bags and boxes, loading them into the trunk of no-nonsense volunteer Bea Simmonds’ car. The Flowery Branch United Methodist parishioner waved away questions, more interested in getting the show on the road; the food pantry’s provisions were bound for families whose shelves lay largely bare, and she didn’t have time to stand around and chat. The South Hall Community Food Pantry, in its loaned shed behind Oakwood First United Metho
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