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Alzheimer's Disease

Sundowner Syndrome

02/18/2009

Question:

Is it possible to have sundowner symptoms without other symptoms of Alzheimer`s disease observed? Thank You.

Answer:

Sundowning is a condition of increased confusion in the evenings usually when there is less light reducing sensory stimuli to orient oneself well. It can be due to many different conditions and certainly not just Alzheimer's disease. Metabolic conditions, endocrine conditions, infections, vitamin deficiencies, multiple small strokes, other degenerative dementias, medications, eye diseases or conditions, and so forth. It is best to talk with the doctor to try to find the cause.

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Response by:

Douglas W Scharre, MD Douglas W Scharre, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University