Sundowner's Syndrome

  • 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 with dementia patients year-round, but during autumn and winter, the effects can be magnified due to shorter, darker days. Be aware of the causes of and treatments for this dementia-related behavior.

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  • Devising a Daily Care Routine for Coping with Sundowning

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

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  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowners Syndrome

    Sundown syndrome, or sundowning, is a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occurs in some dementia patients just before nightfall. Learn about sundowning symptoms and how you can minimize these disruptive behaviors.

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

    Sleep issues are a symptom of many types of dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Learn how dementia affects the sleep cycle and find techniques to improve 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: Tips & Strategies

    When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, some families make the decision to care for them at home. Incorporate these caregiving tips and strategies into your daily routine.

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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 Behaviors Can Happen at Any Time of Day

    We’ve compiled experienced dementia caregivers’ insights on dealing with sundowning behaviors that occur at other times of day, also known as “sunrising.”

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  • Sundowning Top Tips: Medications to Minimize Dementia Behaviors

    Read experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for using medications to help minimize the anxiety, hallucinations, and aggressive behaviors caused by sundowning.

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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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  • One-of-a-Kind Night Care Program Helps Dementia Caregivers

    A unique night care program helps dementia caregivers get a much-needed break from caring for a sundowning senior. Discover how night care helps families cope with sundowning.

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  • Should Someone With Alzheimer’s Be Given Antipsychotics?

    Antipsychotics can help manage symptoms of agitation, aggression and anxiety in people with Alzheimer's disease, but these drugs carry safety concerns that caregivers need to be aware of.

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