My 90 year old grandmother has Dementia
My 90 year old grandmother has Dementia. Mornings are her best time. At about 4pm Sundowners sets in. She becomes more tired, paranoid and asks the same questions over and over. Her doctor has prescribed Lorazepam .5mg for anxiety. She is to take 1 pill every evening, as needed. My parents are not comfortable giving her this. They asked me what else she could take in its place. Magnesium works for me to take the edge off. Is this a good option for her? If so, which one?
She currently takes it Vitamin D3 and B12, a generic Norvasc (high blood pressure), synthroid (she has had her thyroid removed) in am. At dinner she takes Zocar (cholesterol) and Arisept (Dementia). My parents starting giving her some Melatonin at night which has helped her tremendously in going to sleep and sleeping through the night.
We really are not looking to change her medication. As it stands she is managing fine. She has lived a long, full life. We just want to help ease her anxiety at night, but we want to do this naturally and not with another pill. Thank you for your insight!