You may have heard the term “sundowning”. It refers to the agitation or state of confusion occurring in the late afternoon and lasting into the night experienced by someone with dementia. It’s a really common side affect of dementia and it is particularly apparent in the autumn and winter months as the days are shorter and the night rolls in earlier.
Sundowning can cause different behaviours, such as confusion, anxiety, aggression or ignoring directions. It can also lead to pacing or wandering. These behaviours can be particularly difficult for a carer to manage and can increase your own anxiety as the late evening / afternoon starts to approach.
This session is for you if you:
- want gain a better understanding of the factors that may contribute to early evening agitation or sundowning
- would like to consider your own needs at this time as well as the person with dementia
- want to spend time with experienced healthcare professionals who will answer your questions in a safe, supportive environment
- would like to meet other people who are taking care of a friend or family member with dementia in a similar situation