This behavior is termed “Sundowning.” Sundowning (or Sundowner’s) is not a disease, but a symptom categorization under the overall symptoms of Alzheimer’s. What is Sundowning and Why Does It Occur? Sundowning is traditionally triggered during the evening or when there is little sunlight. The exact reason for Sundowning has not yet been found, which is… Read More


A new approach, animal therapy, has recently become popular in Memory Assisted Care Communities. Dementia patients are prospering from animal therapy. Pets offer companionship and unconditional love; they have a key part in the quality of lives. Fostering a Home-Like Experience In the early 1990s Dr. William Thomas, a medical director at a New York… Read More


Keeping the lines of communication open during this time will become progressively more challenging. How you communicate with your loved one makes all the difference. Education is Key The more you understand how dementia affects your loved one the better communication will be. Various stages of memory loss require innovative approaches to have meaningful conversations… Read More


Families are now busy making family plans for the upcoming holidays. It’s an excellent time for loved ones to gather and enjoy one another’s company. Traveling with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s, however, poses special challenges. Most of these are able to be overcome or lessened with thoughtful pre-planning. Enjoy a safe and pleasant trip with the following tips.… Read More


Behaviors often increase at the end of the day when symptoms may intensify. This is known as Sundowner’s Syndrome. Not all patients who have Alzheimer’s or Dementia exhibit symptoms of Sundowners but many experience late day confusion and as a result have irregular sleep schedules. When a parent or a loved one suffers from these… Read More