Do you have an aging loved one? If you spend significant time with them, you may notice they are appearing confused, restless, and/or have had mood swings lately. These may be sundowning symptoms. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, more than 20% experience these symptoms. It can be a challenge to cope with Sundowner’s Syndrome. But, to offer support to your loved one and help alleviate symptoms, there are some non-medical methods. We’ll explore those here.
Sundowner’s Syndrome – What Is It?
People with cognitive impairments such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc., are commonly affected by Sundowner’s Syndrome. From late afternoon until early evening/night, they may exhibit behavioral symptoms if they have this syndrome. Symptoms can include erratic behavior, agitation, confusion, and more.
Because – from the early stages of Alzheimer’s to serious cognitive deterioration – these symptoms can point to a progression, sooner than later, you should inform your loved one’s physician of what’s going on.
Though proactive steps can be taken to ease the symptoms of Sundowner’s Syndrome – and symptoms and signs are easily identified – researchers and doctors don’t know precisely what causes it.
Sundowner’s Syndrome – Symptoms and Signs
If you are trying to care for a sundowner sufferer, it puts a lot of pressure on you. Challenging situations can present themselves when caring for Alzheimer’s patients, those with dementia, etc. The signs and symptoms of Sundowner’s Syndrome are as follows:
- Mood swings
- Wandering or pacing
Non-Medicine Involved Treatments
The following are suggested to help deal with Sundowner’s Syndrome:
- Reduce anxiety and reassure the person (this includes distractions, reassurance, and validation)
- In the evening, provide a calm environment (this can include creating a comfortable temperature, minimizing clutter, reducing sensory stimulation, and turning on the lights)
- Encourage favorable sleep habits (this can include using melatonin before going to bed, keeping a nightlight close by, and encouraging good sleep hygiene)
- Before early evening or late afternoon, encourage activities (this means that, later in the day, they should avoid stimulants, appointments should be arranged early in the day, and, also early in the day, they should get sunlight)
- Seek caregiving services of a professional nature
Aston Gardens At The Courtyards Offers Can Help With Your Loved One’s Son Downing Syndrome
Turn to Aston Gardens At The Courtyards if you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or some other cognitive/memory-related condition. We feature our nationally recognized SHINE® Memory Care program. We are here to offer a helpful, happy, and healthy environment.
Every morning, your loved one can wake up inspired by a wealth of activities, support, and amenities at their doorstep. To address all of the wants and needs of today’s retired individuals, Aston Gardens At The Courtyards has three distinct communities featured on the campus.
We take pride in the well-being and happiness of our residents. Whether your loved one is capable of living on their own or needs some help, the elegant surroundings and dedicated care team will help them feel right at home.