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July 31, 2007

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Carol Bradley Bursack

Hi Sue,
I ordered the Blog Squad's e-book to set up my blog. I found it very helpful.
I like your new look, as well.
Carol

Sue Lanza

Carol: Thanks for commenting. Anyone who is interested in great caregiving content in a beautifully presented blog should check out Carol's writing at www.mindingoureldersblogs.typepad.com

Sue

Denise aka The Blog Squad

Looking good Sue. Don't forget to add a Feedblitz email subscription form!

Jacob

Nurturing Nuggets for Nurses has been very helpful. I talk about it at work all the time. and the Blog Squad has alot of insight also!

Thanks!

Sue

Thanks Jacob for your thoughts on the Nurturing Nuggets for Nurses book. I'm excited to be able to donate a portion of the profits of the sale of each book to Sigma Theta Tai, International Society of Nursing. With the growing dementia population, so many nurses continute to be needed to specialize in dementia care.

Sue

Thanks Denise for that advice, I will be adding it very soon! Sue

Sandra

My Mom with Dementia, won't sleep much at night, and naps during the day. I try to keep her up until our bedtime @ 9pm. she will sleep a few hours, then roams around the house, which keeps my husband and myself with lack of sleep. Any suggestion?

Sue

Hi Sandra: I'm not sure what stage of dementia your mom is in but for many persons with dementia in the middle stages, sleep patterns can get very mixed up. Scientists think it may be related to some brain changes that interrupt a person's 24 hour clock or circadian rhythm.

You are on the right track to try to limit daytime sleeping. Another tip that researchers feel may help is to expose the person to bright light at morning, preferably sunlight but inside lights can work too.

Be sure that the house is safe at night for her time up so she can't accidently fall or get outside. You might get a bed alarm to help alert you to when she first gets up.

I wish you good luck with this situation as it is very trying for caregivers. Hang in there and let us know how you do.

Thanks for writing, Sue

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