Does your elderly have Dementia or Alzheimer’s? Do you notice significant behaviour changes in them during the late afternoon or early evening? In medical terms, this gets referred to as sundowning. The term means a state of confusion occurring in the elderly in the late afternoon period and spanning into the night. The fading light often tends to trigger it, and the symptoms worsen overnight and get better by morning. Though you may not be able to prevent it completely, however, you can manage it better and discuss the symptoms with the doctor.
The Symptoms of Sundowning
If your elderly is sundowning, then you will notice them getting
They may also end up yelling, pacing around the house and hearing things that are not taking place.
The Causes of Sundowning
There are no such causes of sundowning. However, some scientists indicate that it may be happening because dementia impacts the body clock. The area in the brain that signals when you are awake, or sleep gets affected by Alzheimer’s and causes sundowning.
In general, some conditions that can trigger sundowning include
Ways to Manage Sundowning
Once you notice the above symptoms, discuss it with the doctor. Meanwhile, to make it manageable for you and your elderly try the following
When the sundowning symptoms trigger, all family members need to stay calm. Reassuring them will be helpful rather than arguing with them. However, if elder care is getting exhausting for you, seek professional caregiver assistance. You can seek specific help for your elderly like getting their food prepared or in maintaining their hygiene or keeping the house maintained. Besides, you can enrol them for elder dementia care services. If you are looking for such specialised and customised programmes for your older adults, then visit Samvedna Health Centre. A compassionate team of doctors, mental health specialists, social workers and clinical psychologists will take holistic care of your elderly. We offer services at the centre and home. You can come to the centre or contact us and let’s help your elderly manage sundowning.