Dementia - behavior and sleep problemsSundowning - care
People with dementia, often have certain problems when it gets dark at the end of the day and into the night. This problem is called sundowning. The problems that get worse include:
- Increased confusion
- Anxiety and agitation
- Not being able to get to sleep and stay asleep
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National Institute on Aging website. Managing personality and behavior changes in Alzheimer's. www.nia.nih.gov/health/managing-personality-and-behavior-changes-alzheimers. Updated May 17, 2017. Accessed April 25, 2020.
National Institute on Aging website. 6 tips for managing sleep problems in Alzheimer's. www.nia.nih.gov/health/6-tips-managing-sleep-problems-alzheimers. Updated May 17, 2017. Accessed April 25, 2020.