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What is Sundowning in the Elderly

Imagine an elderly parent, confused and exhibiting increasing symptoms of agitation, anxiety, perhaps crying, pacing, exit seeking, and/or paranoid hallucinations every night from dusk until the early morning. This alarming phenomenon can be a nightly occurrence for some suffering with dementia, and is known as sundowning or sundowner’s syndrome. When an elderly person is affected by sundowner’s syndrome, these behavior changes are distressing and alarming for those providing care. A loved one may appear to be competent during the daylight hours until sundowning appears in the late afternoon and early evening. While there is no cure for sundowning, there are
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Categories: Elder Care and Senior Health.