Since Sundowning reduces light in the environment, it can create disorientation and cause visual distortion. Make sure that you turn on the brightest lights.
Persons with memory loss who don’t have enough to do during the day are more likely to be restless in the evenings.
Try and arrange for visits, trips and activities that require a lot of energy for mornings or early day. Many people who are living with dementia tend to function better during the first half of the day. Set them up for success whenever possible.
Nostalgic TV programs and movies with a light snack can be a good way to relax. Although there is usually much to do for a caregiver, rather than rush about with other tasks, take time and sit with the person you are caring for. It may seem time consuming at first, but if it helps the person get to bed more smoothly, it may save time in the long run.
Avoid stimulants and large dinners late in the day.