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|Posted on October 4, 2015 at 6:38 PM|
I am sure you have noticed that our daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter. Tonight I observed that it was turning dusk at about 7:30PM. I also noticed that I began to yawn, and I believe that my energy level decreased too. It couldn't be time to go to bed already, could it?
Later I spoke with my friend who is a dementia expert and she said, imagine what it must be like for some with dementia. She went on to say that often, as the seasons change and daylight hours grow shorter caregivers may notice an increase in sundowning in the person for whom they provide care.
WEB MD states,"If you’re caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, you may have noticed big changes in how they act in the late afternoon or early evening. Doctors call it sundowning, or sundown syndrome.It seems to be triggered by fading light, and the symptoms can get worse as the night goes on.
Sundowning can make caring for someone extra-challenging. They may be:
They also may
What can a caregiver do to help a loved one who is sundowning?
How Should a Caregiver React?