Mar 31

What is sundowning and how does it affect dementia?

By MD for Seniors

A complicated and poorly understood symptom of dementia, sundowning can make evening activities and sleep difficult for those living with memory loss.

As the Alzheimer’s Association reported, there is a link between memory loss and sleep patterns, but it’s not exactly clear to scientists how the two interact. Regardless, individuals living with dementia often have greater difficulties and more pronounced symptoms later in the day and into the night. Called sundowning, this can be an added stress to older adults and their families.

What is sundowning?
Around 1 in 5 individuals living with memory loss experience sundowning. This is marked …read more

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