Overnight Dementia Care Offers Caregivers Some Rest

NEW YORK (October 1, 2012)—A sort of night camp program that offers hours of overnight activities for those with Alzheimer's and similar diseases who often have trouble sleeping at night gives caretakers a chance for a full night’s sleep.

Experts say there's a great need for such services, but costs are high and programs such as one at Hebrew House in New York City's Bronx borough are rare.

During a recent visit, patients danced or swayed to a raucous version of "La Bamba."

Later they sliced bananas and assembled fruit salads.

For the more profoundly afflicted, there are quiet rooms in which the patients' senses are gently stimulated.

A geriatric psychiatrist says the program is preferable to fighting nature by insisting on nighttime sleeping.


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