UCI Health geriatrician shares 'sundowning' management tips with U.S. News & World Report
April 01, 2023
IN THE NEWS: Some seniors and people with dementia may experience sundowning, a state of confusion or agitation in the late afternoon and evening. It can be an unsettling experience for caregivers.
UCI Health geriatrician Dr. Lisa Gibbs spoke to U.S. News & World Report about why it’s important to identify what triggers the episodes as a first step to preventing them.
“If the pain from arthritis is a problem throughout the day, then treating the pain may alleviate the physical discomfort that can result in agitation or confusion.”
Gibbs is the medical director of UCI Health Senior Health Services, which has been recognized as a national leader in advancing clinical care for older adults and is frequently listed among the nation’s top 50 programs for senior care by U.S. News & World Report. Gibbs is also the chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology at the UCI School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine.
An advocate for the health of seniors, she heads numerous research and training projects designed to support successful aging, including the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program and Dementia Care Aware to care for people suffering from dementia.