“Sundowning” is a term that refers to confusion occurring in the late afternoon, evening, and overnight.
There are a variety of behaviours associated with sundowning, such as confusion, aggression, wandering, and delusions. Little lighting and more shadows during this time of day are seen as triggers for these actions. It is a common occurrence for about 66% of people living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
This increase of anxiety and confusion is very scary for the individual experiencing it. You can use calming techniques such as music, favourite shows, and reliable routines to create a supportive environment.
To prepare for this time of the day, consider turning lights on and closing drapes early to avoid excess shadows and darkness. Low lighting can also attribute to falls in the evening and overnight so placing some more lights around the house can be beneficial in multiple ways!
Local Advice from our Community Partner, Rose Hill Lane Inc. – Premium Personal Health Care