What exactly is Sundowners Syndrome?
Sundowning or “Sundowner’s Syndrome” is a term used among professionals working with patients who have Alzheimer’s or other dementias. This syndrome describes a pattern of increased behavior problems, especially in the late afternoon and early evening. Seniors may exhibit increased confusion, agitation, wandering without purpose, and general disorientation.
Unfortunately, the cause is not definitive, but there are several likely factors. The senior may be tired after daily activities. The change from light to dark may also be a factor at this time, which has traditionally been transitional. For example, coming home from work, family time, cooking dinner.
Practical tips for helping patients with Sundowners Syndrome:
At the Retreat at Sunny Vista, we support many clients with dementia and their family members in this difficult journey. Whether it be for advice or caregiver consultations, referrals to professionals and programs, coordination and oversight, or a full assessment, we’re your resource.