Sundowners after a visit to the hospital

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Several family members have commented here about loved ones who began showing signs of Sundowners when hospitalized, or a loved one who had dementia and perhaps some Sundowning symptoms, which worsened significantly while in the hospital.  Unfortunately, older adults in general often suffer negative effects when hospitalized.  Numerous medical studies have documented the levels of   …Continue Reading


Coping with Sundowners and End of Life Counseling

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Hospice and end of life counseling are two realities of Sundowners Syndrome  that many of us do not want to face. The symptoms of Sundowners and the treatment options are difficult enough to cope with. Helping a loved one cope and live with Sundowners Syndrome requires structure and a lot of patience. So, what do   …Continue Reading


living with mom sundowning

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My mom is 91 and lives with me for the past 12 years. She was always full of life and mentally sharp as a tack. She has suffered from chronic utis over the last few years which caused a lot of confusion so I attributed her mental changes on those but I have seen a   …Continue Reading


Sundowners Syndrome Caregivers: Respite Care

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Gimme a Break!  As a caregiver for an elder with Sundowners Syndrome, a break may feel impossible (but needed!).  If your loved one has poor sleeping habits, and increased agitation and restlessness in the evenings, it follows that you are likely to be exhausted.  If you are working during the day (or doing all the   …Continue Reading


Transition Planning for Elders

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My recent post about the Negative Effects of Hospitalization explained some of the challenges for elders in general who are hospitalized, as well as how hospitalization can impact cognitive functioning and exacerbate Sundowning. What if your loved one is currently in the hospital?  Where do you go from here?  How can you minimize the risks   …Continue Reading