Caring for seniors with dementia might get a little easier with light therapy for sundowners. “Sundowners,” a term often used to describe aggression, agitation, changed mood, confusion, and other symptoms in folks with dementia around twilight or nighttime, is very common, according to this article in Psychiatry Investigations. Multiple medical journals, dating as far back as 1941, have attempted to address this problem and provide solutions for it. As of now, the science is somewhat unclear about what sundowners is and how to treat it. Symptoms, times, and triggers can vary. It may be that folks with dementia require tailored treatments based on their various needs in order to improve the symptoms of sundowners. However, light therapy for sundowners shows major promise for seniors with dementia. The timing and amount of light therapy varies across studies, but it’s clear that light therapy for sundowners is positively associated with better sleep, less restlessness, and fewer sundowner episodes. If you or a loved one experience sundowners, or if you work professionally with folks who have dementia, you should consider adding light therapy to your caregiving routine.