Old Friends Club
Sundowning is a phenomenon commonly observed in dementia patients, where their symptoms, such as confusion, agitation, and restlessness, tend to worsen during the late afternoon and early evening hours. This can lead to increased behavioral and psychological challenges for both the patients and their caregivers. Wandering, on the other hand, is a behavior in dementia patients characterized by aimlessly moving about with no clear purpose or destination. It can occur at any time of day and may be a response to restlessness, confusion, or a desire to explore. Both sundowning and wandering can be distressing for caregivers and require special care and management strategies to ensure the safety and well-being of dementia patients.
Sleep Issues and Sundowning
Wandering and Alzheimer’s Disease
Tips for Coping with Sundowning
Dementia and Wandering: Reducing the Risks
Ep. 161: How Can We Reduce Incidents of Wandering or Elopement?
Ep. 175: Sundowning, What You Need to Know
UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program
11 Ways to Manage Sundown Syndrome
Dementia Support Northwest - Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver is an electronic technology program to locate missing persons. In partnership with Whatcom County Search and Rescue, DSNW serves as the local coordinating agency for Project Lifesaver (PLS) for those who wander. Enrollment in Project Lifesaver includes equipment maintenance, battery changes, and thanks to an anonymous donor, the upfront equipment costs are covered for each and every member.
Alzheimer's Association, Safe Return Program
The Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a nationwide identification, support and enrollment program that provides assistance when a person with dementia wanders and becomes lost.
If an enrollee is missing, one call immediately activates a community support network. Visit the website or call toll-free 1-888-572-8566.
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