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Sleep Deprivation & Sundowning


Sleep Deprivation & Sundowning with Cathy Braxton


In this episode, we interview Cathy Braxton creator of Improv for Caregivers. We see many families have questions- what is sundowning? Why do we use that term? How does it affect my loved one? We talk about the role that sleep plays in our older adults' lives and why it's important to decipher between sleep deprivation and sundowning. Cathy shares ways that we can be set up for success when managing symptoms, how we can create more ease in our day with our loved ones, and why it's important to not take these challenging times personally.


Cathy Braxton is the Founder of Improv for Caregivers. She has worked in the aging industry for over 20 years managing memory care units, directing activity programs, case management, support group facilitation, and in-home care. Cathy has completed all of her coursework for her Masters degree in Health Psychology and Gerontology Studies and is a published author and blogger for The Chicago Tribune. November 2014 Recipient of the Dr. Richard and Gertrude P. Zalar "Gentle Touch Award" in recognition of Outstanding Professional Caregiving for those with Alzheimer's and Dementia. Recipient of the Leading Age Illinois Honor of Excellence Award on March 3, 2015 International speaker September 2015 at the international dementia conference, Toronto Canada. Invited as 2016 international speaker and moderator at the international vascular dementia conference located in Spain, July 2016 Computerized, digitized and mechanical devices are flooding the market, promising to be the one. The only. The solution. What is lost in all of this is connection through CURIOSITY. The unique, priceless gift that fills our souls, lightens our hearts and moves us ever forward in the quest for giving and receiving care. It is curiosity that drives you. It is curiosity that motivates you. It is curiosity that keeps you human.


For more information, https://improv4caregivers.com/


Also, we referenced our podcast with Nancy Solie with PureLee Farms, you can listen here!


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