Sundowner's Syndrome

  • Daylight Saving Time Can Trigger Sundowning Behaviors

    For seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, daylight saving time may exacerbate the symptoms of sundowning. Changes in daylight, mealtimes and sleep schedules often bring added emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties.

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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 to cope with 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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  • Tips for Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s At Home

    Many families are committed to caring for Alzheimer’s patients at home for as long as possible. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to ensure a safe and successful in-home care experience.

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  • The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

    The only certainty when diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is that a senior’s condition will progressively worsen. The national Alzheimer’s Association has developed a very useful staging system to use as a frame of reference when coping with AD.

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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 Benefits Dementia Patients and Family Caregivers

    Fall and winter can bring unexplained fatigue, irritability and sleep disorders for both caregivers and seniors. Bright light therapy is a drug-free treatment that helps regulate sleep/wake cycles, stabilize mood and minimize the symptoms of sundowning.

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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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