Activity Therapy as a Vehicle for Resetting the Biological Rhythm in Adults with Alzheimer's Disease

Academic Article


  • Caregivers experience problems negotiating behaviors associated with sundowning; interventions are sought to reduce care-giver burden and keep the adult with Alzheimer's disease from being institutionalized. With the apparent neurobiological evidence surrounding this type of agitation, emphasis is placed on treating sundowning as a failure of the brain to self-regulate the sleep-wake cycle due to advanced age and Alzheimer's disease. Behavioral techniques are encouraged due to the negative side-effects of medications on the aging body. Emphasis on treating sundowning and related agitation by either light therapy or environmental cues or a combination of both is provided. The role of activities in facilitating this treatment is elucidated. © 2003 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 27187753
  • Author List

  • Vance DE; Cowan RN
  • Start Page

  • 1
  • End Page

  • 16
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 1