Steve has noticed a pattern of his mother acting out during the late afternoon and evening.
“She was calling out my siblings’ names and crying, I didn’t know what was going on or what to do,” Steve said. He went to her doctor to find out she was experiencing sundowning. Sundown syndrome is the increased anxiety and agitation that those with dementia experience in the later hours of the day. Not all of those who experience sundowning have dementia. However, according to Very Well health, research states 20-66% of people with dementia living at home exhibit sundowning behavior. Dementia or not, there are a variety of causes and risk factors that could contribute to your loved one’s sundowning behavior. If you think your loved one may be experiencing sundowning behavior, the best thing you can do for them is to have a more clear understanding of sundowning and how to manage it.
Medical News Today states If your loved one is exhibiting the following symptoms, they could be experiencing sundowning behavior:
Factors that increase the risk of sundowning include:
There are a variety of reasons your loved one could be showing sundowning behavior. Medical News Today and Very Well Health lists the following as potential causes of sundowning:
Just like Steve, you may be feeling overwhelmed and confused in a situation when your loved one is experiencing sundowning. Luckily, there are certain strategies and lifestyle changes you can do with your loved one to manage their sundowning.
Sundowning can be a scary situation to experience with your loved one, but don’t let it cause you to panic. There are a variety of ways you can control and reduce your loved one’s sundowning. Talk to a doctor if you would like to learn more about medications for sundowning.
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