Daylight savings can have a big impact on those with Alzheimer's disease

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- Many are looking forward to daylight savings, as we gain an extra hour of sleep. But this weekend could be difficult for caretakers who look after those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Keeping a constant routine is essential for those who have the disease, as any slight change can throw their brain function off even more.

Not only that, but caregivers suffer from the switch in time as well.

“When someone is confused and asking you the same question or perseverating over when dinner is or where’s my mom, it can be very frustrating and taxing on a caregiver,“ says Kimberly Bryant, Administrator at Mantey Heights.

Nurses do provide tips to help those adjusting to the change in time, like opening up the curtains during the day time, spending time outside and staying active.

All programs and services of the Alzheimer’s Association are provided to families at no charge, including a 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. You can also reach out to Debra Bianchi with the Alzheimer’s Association chapter in Grand Junction at 970-714-2875.

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