Sundowner's Syndrome Articles

  • Daylight Saving Time Can Trigger Sundowning Behaviors

    For those living with dementia, seasonal changes can bring added emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties. Changes in daylight, meal times, and sleep schedules that come with changing the clocks compound the effect of sundowning syndrome.

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  • Sundown Syndrome Can Worsen During Fall and Winter Months

    Sundowning can happen year-round, but during autumn and winter, the effects can be magnified due to shorter, darker days. Be aware of the causes, signs and treatments for this complication of dementia.

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  • Sundowning Top Tips: How to Minimize Confusion with a Daily Care Routine

    Sundowning, also known as late day confusion, causes an increase in challenging behaviors in the early evening hours. We’ve compiled experienced dementia caregivers’ tips and advice for devising a routine that minimizes sundowning behaviors.

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  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowner's Syndrome

    Sundowner’s syndrome or sundowning involves a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occur in dementia patients just before nightfall. The Increase in confusion at twilight is distressing for both patients and caregivers.

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  • Alzheimer’s and Sleep Disorders: Expert Answers to 6 Common Questions

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease often experience sleep problems, and if they’re not resting well, then neither are their caregivers. Understanding how dementia affects a loved one’s sleep cycle will help you find techniques to improve their sleep.

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  • Different Forms of Dementia Commonly Have Different Signs

    There's a common misconception that the primary indicator of dementia is memory loss. The reality is that different forms of dementia have different signs. Learn which signs commonly correspond with each type of dementia.

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  • Caring for A Senior With Alzheimer's At Home

    When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, each day brings unique challenges, changing abilities and new patterns of behavior. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to facilitate caring for your loved one at home.

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  • The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

    This staging system can help dementia caregivers understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects cognition, mood, behavior, activities of daily living and bodily functions.

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  • Sundowning Top Tips: Difficult Behaviors Can Happen at Any Time of Day

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ insights on sundowning that occurs at other times of day, like “sunrising.”

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  • Sundowning Top Tips: Medications to Minimize Dementia Behaviors

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for using medications to help minimize sundowning behaviors.

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  • Sundowning with Dad

    My father recently began to display signs of Sundowners Syndrome. Here's how mom and I handle sundowning with dad.

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  • Light Therapy for Caregivers and Dementia Patients

    Both caregivers and seniors with Alzheimer’s disease can benefit from daily light therapy. This drug-free treatment helps regulate sleep/wake cycles, stabilize mood and minimize the symptoms of sundown syndrome.

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  • How to Care for Someone Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

    Information and advice for coping with some of the most common challenges faced by family caring for an aging loved one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

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