Sundowning Symptons


Article & Image from | Posted 12/27/18

Sundowning symptoms affect quality of life

Someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia may become more agitated or anxious starting in the late afternoon and lasting through the evening.

They could become aggressive, delusional, paranoid, want to walk, or accidentally wander away. Some may have disrupted sleep schedules or restlessness at night.

This behavior is called dementia sundowning because it typically begins around sundown – late afternoon or evening.

These dementia sundowning symptoms negatively affect your older adult’s quality of life and are challenging for you to manage.

We explain what causes sundowning and share 7 ways to manage the symptoms and behaviors. These suggestions make evenings calmer and easier for both your older adult and you.

What causes dementia sundowning?

Some studies show that sundowning affects up to 20% of people with Alzheimer’s. And, it can also affect older adults who don’t have dementia.

Researchers don’t know exactly why sundowning happens, but think that it’s caused by the changes in the brain due to dementia. The body clock, which regulates when we’re awake and when we’re asleep, might be affected by those changes. Continue Reading…

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