Dementia Sundowning Concepts from Karen Francis

Really interesting views of sun downing and how to help people through these times.

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SunDng frm KarenF 6in300ppi
Ideas about “Sundowning” from PWD Karen Francis, friend who worked with memory impaired before becoming impaired herself:

What is Sundowning?

SUNDOWNING – Sundowning is a phenomenon that is associated with increased confusion resulting in a variety of behaviors that you may not see other times of the day. It can happen with any form of dementia. Up to about 50% of persons diagnosed with some form of dementia may experience sundowning. I have my own personal theories about why it happens when it does. Keep in mind that for each person, sundowning may occur at different times of the day – it’s called sundowning because it happens later in the day for a lot of people.

Some of the symptoms exhibited are:
*Anxiety
*Increased confusion
*Crying
*Agitation
*”Exit seeking” (wanting to leave or go home-even if they are home)

The specific cause for sundowning has never been proven. Many…

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