Coping with Disorientation from Dementia

Disorientation goes hand in hand with memory loss associated with dementia. Often times, disorientation in dementia is associated with a phenomemon called “sundowning.” Sundowning occurs at the end of the day, and may be due to disruptions in your loved one’s biological clock. If you notice that your loved one becomes more confused, agitated, and disoriented when it starts to get dark, try the following:

  • Close the curtains before it becomes dark
  • Turn the lights on inside
  • Give your loved one a simple task, such as folding laundry or looking through a picture book.