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May 6, 2020 24 min

The Mayo Clinic article: “Sundowning: Late-day Confusion”, will be the focus of Episode 3 of Alz In The Fam. Sundowning, or twilighting, is a common problem in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and one that hosts Allan and Poli experienced in their mom.

Sundowning is a problem where impending darkness at twilight each day causes anxiety and confusion in people who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. In this episode, Allan and Poli will discuss in depth how they experienced this symptom in their mom and how they helped her through it.

This was a very troubling early symptom of Alzheimer’s in their mom, as she lived alone when this began, and each night brought on increased anxiety and fear. Every night, one of mom’s four children would do their part to qualm her fears and comfort her.

Sundowning is a symptom of Alzheimer’s and dementia that persists through early to moderate stages of the diseases. The Mayo Clinic article on the topic, found here: is a great resource for those experiencing this in themselves or their loved ones.

If you are noticing this symptom in a loved one or yourself, do not hesitate to get help.

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