Briefly Present The Aim Of The Article Or Book Chapter

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Briefly present the aim of the article or book chapter and summarize the main findings/key points, along with a limited number of examples. The article that I chose relates to sundownng and tips that can be used to reduce it from the Mayo Clinic Website. Sundowning occurs with dementia patients and can cause a variety of issues and behaviors such as confusion, wandering, and aggression to name a few examples. In addition, there were many articles on this subject and from looking at several of them it can be confusing because this is one topic that requires more research because many things are unknown about sundowning syndrome. “The term sundowning refers to a state of confusion occurring in the late afternoon and spanning into the…show more content…
What new insights I have gained is that it is important to look at the factors that may cause sundowning in each person because factors that may be a part of sundowning could be different for each resident and it must not be looked at the same for everyone. For example, if a resident has a urinary tract infection or some other medical condition that contributes to sundowning that would need to be addressed. If another resident has different factors that aggravate late-day confusion different methods might need to be used to help them that are not the same. Of course, sundowning can affect people differently such as types of behaviors that might occur and it would be important to know what those behaviors are especially if it is aggression. The social worker, nurses, CNA’s and others that work with the resident would need to be careful if someone gets aggressive and know what to do for safety reasons. In addition, by knowing to look for the factors that could be causing it measures can be taken to try to address it or prevent it beforehand that would be the best practice.
Tips for reducing sundowning:
• Try to maintain a predictable routine for bedtime, waking, meals and activities.
• Plan for activities and exposure to light during the day to encourage nighttime sleepiness.
• Limit daytime napping.
• Limit caffeine and sugar to morning hours.
• Keep a night light on to reduce agitation that occurs when surroundings are dark or unfamiliar.
• In the evening,
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