Nov 15, 2016

Twilight Moments in Dementia Patients - Sundowning Syndrome

One of the biggest problems I had with my mother was Sundowning at twilight time.

Sundowning Syndrome Alzheimer's Care, Dementia Care
By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

I figured out how to solve the problem by taking my mother out into the bright light right before twilight (sundown).

Bight light seemed to change her behavior from being dull, negative, and sometimes challenging into contentment.

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I also had a problem around 9 o'clock at night. I fixed that problem by having my sister call her and with ice cream. I used the ice cream for both times of day and it worked.

In both cases, I changed her difficult behavior by substituting a very different and more positive experience (routine) for a bad one.

This approach, changing the pattern, works extremely well with persons living with Alzheimer's and dementia.

In other words, if you are dealing with a difficult behavior that is reoccurring - change the pattern. Try and find something to do at that time (a new routine), and over time the problem might go away by substituting a new and different routine for the current routine.

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