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Sundowning with Alzheimer’s common and difficult behavior

Posted Jan 16 2012 12:00am

Dear Carol: My husband has Alzheimer’s. We get by fairly well for most of the day, but he gets agitated late in the afternoon and acts as if he’s searching for something or someone. The doctor said he’s “sundowning.” He says it’s common with AD, but he hasn’t helped much other than label it. I’d like to know if there’s anything I can do.  - Betty

Dear Betty: "Sundowning" refers to an increased state of anxiety and confusion at the end of the day that often occurs in people with Alzheimer's. There have been many theories about the behavior. Some professionals think the person is used to a normal work day, therefore as the day ends, he or she is trying to go home from work or accomplish something that is related to wrapping up the day. Other’s think

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