Persons with memory loss who don’t have enough to do during the day are more likely to be restless in the evenings.
If the time of day marks a particular routine in your loved one’s life, try to mimic what they may have done. Routine activities are comforting. Reading the newspaper at breakfast time or helping to set the table at dinnertime are some examples.
Nostalgic TV programs and movies with a light snack can be a good way to relax. Although there is usually much to do for a caregiver, rather than rush about with other tasks, take time and sit with the person you are caring for. It may seem time consuming at first, but if it helps the person get to bed more smoothly, it may save time in the long run.
If someone sleeps a lot during the day, they are less tired in the evening. However, a short nap in the early afternoon may be needed.