5 tips to adjust to daylight savings time for a person with dementia
Valerie Feurich, Positive Approach to Care Team Member
How do you feel when Daylight Savings Time sets in? Do seasonal time changes affect you?
Many people experience irritability, drowsiness, and other side effects when time jumps forward or back by an hour, or the change of season creates shifts in daylight and increased darkness outside.
When time changes happen suddenly, as during daylight savings time, chemical reactions in the body produce hormonal shifts to help your system adapt. The shift in the amount of daylight and nighttime hours that comes with seasonal changes can affect each of us in different ways.
When a person is living with Alzheimer dementia, Frontotemporal dementia, Lewy Body dementia, or one of the other 100+ known types of dementia, adapting to these changes becomes even more difficult.