Monday, October 15, 2012

Alzheimer’s Sundown Syndrome Support: Adult Night Care (Video 9:03)

Sundown is usually time to wind down and embrace the peaceful restoration that comes with night. For 20% of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease, however, sundown means just the opposite. They experience a phenomenon known as sundown syndrome when expectations and energy levels rise to greet new excitement and activities. Caregivers reluctantly face another nightly challenge of interrupted or nonexistent sleep caused by constant monitoring. When sleep does come, worries about the safety of loved ones invade their dreams.

While adult day care programs are popular, many people could benefit greatly if they had more night care support designed for people who are living at home and require constant supervision during the night. ElderServ at Night, located at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York, is such a program. They accept Medicaid, and they also have a day program.

Adult night care is particularly helpful for people who suffer with sundown syndrome or other sleep disturbances that keep them awake during the night when they may become anxious and fearful without activities to keep them occupied. The night care program relieves caregivers of stress and allows them to sleep well knowing that their loved ones are being cared for throughout the night. This video showcases ElderServ at Night.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is available in paperback and e-book editions at many booksellers in America and other countries. Two online booksellers are Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


  1. Frances, thank you for this !!!
    Ten years ago I had been Caregiver to my late husband for three years. He had sundowners syndrome the last two years of his life. I never had enough sleep. He was basically paralyzed with post-polio syndrome, and in a hospital bed here at home. It was so tough, but I am happy that he was not in a nursing home!!
    I loved him very much......He is at peace now.

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience. You were a devoted wife and a good example of why adult night care is so needed. Caregivers and patients both benefit from this support. The program in the video has been going on over ten years. I hope more adult day care programs will expand to having night care as well.

  3. Care homes are the best place for night care and some care homes have build separate building for adult night care.

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