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What are tips to help handle sundowning in a person with Alzheimer's disease?

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Some ways for you and your loved one to handle sundowning:

  • Schedule harder tasks early in the day.
  • Avoid caffeine after morning.                                                          
  • Serve a late afternoon snack or early dinner.
  • Offer caffeine-free herbal tea or warm milk for relaxation.
  • Keep the house or room well lit.
  • If she falls asleep on the sofa or in a chair, let her stay there.
  • Soothing music or a favorite video may help.
  • Encourage physical activity during the day.

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease."

Alzheimer's Association: "Daily Care" and "Treatment Horizon."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Ginkgo."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: "Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease."

Alzheimer's Association: "Daily Care" and "Treatment Horizon."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Ginkgo."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

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