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What causes seniors to sun-down?

I am a 51 year old male. I was staying overnight with my elderly father and saw him "sun-downing". What causes seniors to sun-down?

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"Sundowning" or late day confusion is a symptom of Alzheimers like dementia & other dementias. It is thought to be due to a disruption in a persons circadian rhythms although the exact mechanism is unknown.