Sundown syndrome will occur in many people with dementia as the day progresses, with worsening confusion and behaviors such as wandering. Sundown syndrome symptoms are usually at their worst late in the afternoon or early evening.
Sundown syndrome can include:
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Sleep medications can make a condition worse for those who have a cognitive disorder like dementia.
Taking steps in the home to create a regular sleep-wake cycle can help.
Look for opportunities for scheduled social interactions. Isolation tends to cause patients to deteriorate faster, but a regular schedule of activities and visits can help establish a routine.
Also, be mindful of safety around the house. Put locks on doors and windows. Motion sensors are cheaper than you may think and can alert you that someone is up and about.
The personality and behavioral changes associated with sundown syndrome can be subtle and inconsistent at first. There may be some signs of unusual confusion, irritability and disorientation. The changes may not happen every afternoon or evening, but as the condition progresses, the changes will be more noticeable and more consistently associated with time of day.
Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center, the Alzheimer’s Association and others offer resources to help families and individuals coping with sundown syndrome.
It’s part of Norton Neuroscience Institute’s goal to care for the whole person, not just the condition.
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