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Sundowner’s Syndrome Treatment at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants

Sundowner’s Syndrome Treatment at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants

Sundowner’s Syndrome, also known as “sundowning,” refers to symptoms that occur in the late afternoon and evening, often seen in individuals with dementia. It is characterized by increased agitation, confusion, anxiety, restlessness, irritability, and sometimes aggression during these hours. This condition can be distressing for the individual experiencing it and their caregivers, as it disrupts daily routines and quality of life.

At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, we offer high-quality essential sundowner’s syndrome treatment to patients serving the Metro Detroit area in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, MI, and surrounding areas. We are open every weekday (Monday to Friday) to ensure both an accurate diagnosis to prompt set up a treatment plan to meet your needs.

What Are the Causes of Sundowner’s Syndrome?

What Are the Causes of Sundowner’s Syndrome?

Sundowner’s Syndrome, or "sundowning," can be influenced by several factors:

  • Environmental Changes: The shift from daylight to darkness can disrupt sleep-wake cycles, leading to confusion and agitation as evening approaches.
  • Sensory Overload: Individuals may become overwhelmed by loud noises, bright lights, or crowded spaces, heightening anxiety and restlessness.
  • Emotional Stress: Changes in routine, unfamiliar environments, or interpersonal conflicts can trigger increased agitation and confusion.
  • Hunger or Thirst: Basic needs such as hunger or dehydration can escalate irritability and restlessness in those with Sundowners Syndrome.
  • Cognitive Decline: Sundowners Syndrome often occurs alongside dementia, where cognitive decline contributes to the vulnerability to these triggers.

What Are the Symptoms of Sundowner’s Syndrome?

Recognizing the symptoms of Sundowner’s Syndrome is crucial for timely intervention and management. Common symptoms include:

  • Agitation: Increased restlessness and emotional distress.
  • Confusion: Disorientation and difficulty understanding surroundings.
  • Anxiety: Heightened feelings of worry or unease.
  • Restlessness: Inability to sit still or relax.
  • Irritability: Easily becoming frustrated or angered.
  • Aggression: Outbursts of physical or verbal aggression.

How Many Types of Sundowner’s Syndrome Are There?

Sundowner’s syndrome can present in different forms, depending on various factors such as age, underlying conditions, and the stage of dementia. The two main types of Sundowner’s Syndrome are:

  • Early-onset Sundowner’s Syndrome: This type occurs in individuals under 65 and is often associated with frontotemporal dementia.
  • Late-onset Sundowner’s Syndrome: Common in older adults, especially those with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sundowner’s Syndrome

Diagnosing Sundowner’s Syndrome often involves a comprehensive evaluation, including:

  • Medical History Review: Examining past medical conditions and medications.
  • Mental Status Examination: Assessing cognitive function and mood.
  • Physical Examination: Ruling out any underlying medical issues.

Treatment plans focus on both managing symptoms and addressing the underlying causes. This may include:

  • Non-pharmacological Interventions: Creating a predictable routine, maintaining a calm environment, and providing light therapy.
  • Medications: Antipsychotics or sedatives may be prescribed in severe cases but are used cautiously due to potential side effects.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: A team of specialists, including neurologists, psychologists, and social workers, collaborate to provide holistic care.

Why Choose Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants for Sundowner’s Syndrome Treatment?

At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, we are committed to providing exceptional healthcare services for patients with sundowners syndrome and related conditions across Michigan and surrounding areas. Here is why we are the right choice for your sundowner’s syndrome treatment:

  • Specialized Expertise: Our experts are dedicated to addressing sundowner’s syndrome and its related symptoms with personalized care.
  • Advanced Treatment Options: We use top-notch technology to establish realistic treatment plans tailored to your situation.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: Our team of specialists collaborates for your complete care.
  • Compassionate Support: We're here for your emotional needs alongside medical care through on staff psychology professionals.
  • Comprehensive Follow-Up: We check your progress post-treatment for continued care.
  • Proven Track Record: We've successfully managed various conditions, including sundowner’s syndrome, with reliable outcomes over 25 years.
  • Trials and Research: You can access new therapies through ongoing trials.
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At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, we work with you to create the most effective treatment plan for managing sundowner’s syndrome symptoms. Schedule an appointment with us today for prompt and personalized care.

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