Sundowning and Alzheimer’s Disease:
What is it and How Do I Cope?
Sundowning is typically used to describe a change in behavior which generally occurs in the late afternoon to early evening. There is generally increased agitation, confusion, and restlessness.
However, these changes in behavior can occur at any time of the day. As a result, many of the coping strategies can be utilized anytime.
The term “Sundowning” is sometimes used as a negative label which can be damaging to the care provided, and results in unjust stereotyping. This contributes to approaches to care that focus on weakness rather than strength, illness rather than wellness, and victims rather than whole persons.
It’s important to look at any behaviors as a form of communication. This will help you discover, and hopefully, address the trigger that is negatively affecting your loved one.
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