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6 Ways To Reduce Sundowners Syndrome

148035231Sundown syndrome, also called sundowning or sunsetting or sundowners disease, is a behavior common in people with Alzheimer’s disease. As the day progresses, he/she may begin to become more anxious, confused, agitated or disoriented. This distressing behavior can last a few hours or throughout the night, making life very difficult for the caregiver and the patient.

Following  are some ways you can help to reduce these frustrating episodes of agitation.

  1. Schedule the day so that the more difficult  tasks are done early in the day, when the person is less likely to become agitated.
  2. Watch the person’s diet and eating habits. Restrict sweets and drinks with caffeine to the morning hours. Try serving the person a late afternoon  snack or an early dinner.
  3. To help the person relax, try decaffeinated herbal tea or warm milk.
  4. Keep the house or room well lit. Close the drapes before the sun goes down, so the person doesn’t watch it become dark outside.
  5. Try distracting the person with activities he or she enjoys. Soothing music or a favorite video may help, as well.
  6. Discourage afternoon napping and plan activities, such as taking a walk, throughout the day. A person who rests most of the day is likely to be awake at night.

2 comments

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  2. […] There is much work to be done when it comes to understanding all there is to know about Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  Sundowning is just a small part of the disease.  We have put together ways to help in treating the sundowners disease. […]

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