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What is Sundowning

Sundowning refers to a group of symptoms experienced by some people with dementia, typically in the late afternoon and evening as the sun sets. It's also sometimes called sundowner syndrome or late-day confusion.

Here are some key points about sundowning:

  • Symptoms: Increased confusion, anxiety, agitation, hallucinations, paranoia, pacing, and disorientation.

  • Cause: The exact cause is unknown, but it's likely linked to changes in the brain due to dementia progression. Reduced light and disruptions to routine may also play a role.

  • Who it affects: Most commonly people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

  • Management: There's no cure, but creating a calming routine, maintaining a well-lit environment, and addressing underlying needs can help manage symptoms.

For more information on sundowning, you can search for resources from organizations like the Alzheimer's Association or the National Institute on Aging.

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