Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. – Support, Education and Research for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias


Sundowning is a burst of energy often experienced by a person with Alzheimer's in the late afternoon and evening. Licensed Master Social Worker Cheryl Blanchard lists some triggers that may cause sundowning and tips for managing it.

Tips for managing sundowning:
Limit daytime napping
Keep house bright and active during the day and decrease light
and activity as day goes on
Plan activities earlier in the day
See if your loved one is in pain, needs a restroom or is hungry
Eliminate caffeine and evaluate recent medication changes
Use night lights
Reassure and guide your loved one back to their room
Establish bedtime routines
Make the home safe

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