Latest Sundowning Stories

2012-01-12 12:11:39

Exposure to light appears to have therapeutic effects on Alzheimer's disease patients, a Wayne State University researcher has found. In a study published recently in the Western Journal of Nursing Research, LuAnn Nowak Etcher, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, reported that patients treated with blue-green light were perceived by their caregivers as having improved global functioning. Caregivers said patients receiving the treatment seemed more awake and alert, were more verbally...

2011-06-30 07:03:15

By Lydia Jennings, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new experiment could help explain sundown syndrome in older adults, especially those with dementia. The exact cause of sundown syndrome is not known, however new research provides evidence that late-day anxiety and agitation has a biological basis in the brain. Found in 80 to 90 year old people, "sundowning" shows high levels of anxiety, agitation, general activity and delirium in the late afternoon and evening, leading...

2011-06-27 23:28:24

New research provides the best evidence to date that the late-day anxiety and agitation sometimes seen in older institutionalized adults, especially those with dementia, has a biological basis in the brain. The findings could help explain "sundowning," a syndrome in which older adults show high levels of anxiety, agitation, general activity and delirium in late afternoon and evening, before they would normally go to bed. "It's a big problem for caregivers. Patients can get aggressive and very...

2010-04-12 07:10:00

SOUTH PARK, Pa., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In her new unwavering memoir, Jim's Journey: The Story of a Young Man with Early On-set Alzheimer's (published by Trafford Publishing), debut author Gretchen L Dausey reveals the touching story of her husband's battle against Alzheimer's disease and her unwavering support despite the inevitable degeneration of his mind and body. Starting two years before her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2002 at 54 years old and following the...

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  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.