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What triggers sundowning?

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What happens around someone can also set off sundowning symptoms. Some triggers are:

If you feel tired or frustrated at the end of a day of caregiving, your loved one may notice, even without you saying anything. This can upset them, too. It’s normal for you, as a caregiver, to have feelings like that. Try to be aware of how you manage those emotions if you think that might make a difference.

  • Less light and more shadows in the house. This can cause confusion and fear.
  • Trouble separating dreams from reality. This can be disorienting.

From: How to Manage "Sundowning" WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 12/10/2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Sundowning.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Sundowning.”

Khachiyants, N. , December 2011. Psychiatry Investigation

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: “Behavioral Challenges: Coping With … Sundowning.”

Schwartz, J. , December 2008. Current Neuropharmacology

Alzheimer’s Association: “Sleep Issues and Sundowning.”

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors.”

National Institute on Aging: “Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Aging: “Sundowning.”

Alzheimer’s Association: “Sundowning.”

Khachiyants, N. , December 2011. Psychiatry Investigation

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America: “Behavioral Challenges: Coping With … Sundowning.”

Schwartz, J. , December 2008. Current Neuropharmacology

Alzheimer’s Association: “Sleep Issues and Sundowning.”

Family Caregiver Alliance: “Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors.”

National Institute on Aging: “Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 10, 2017

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