Experts say that all types of agitating behaviors are forms of communication. A client may be trying to tell you something even though the disease has robbed him/her of other ways (i.e., talking) of telling you. Perhaps the client is frightened or fatigued and does not know how to express it in words. Some experts believe that agitation behavior is "the inability to deal with stress."
"Sundowning" is a state of increased agitation, activity and negative behaviors, which happen late in the day through the evening hours. It used to be thought that sundowning was caused by the lowering light and shorter days. However, research now indicates that being overly tired may have more to do with sundowning. Here are some suggestions on how to minimize the negative behaviors associated with sundowning:
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