Nighttime Activity in Individuals with Dementia: Understanding the Problem and Identifying Solutions

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Sleep disturbances may occur in more than 50% of individuals with dementia, and nighttime activity can lead to unsafe situations and serious consequences for both the person and his or her caregivers. Nighttime awakenings expose individuals with dementia to two major dangers: falls and unattended home exits. This article is a review of the current research on the causes of sleep disturbances and interventions for nighttime activity in individuals with dementia living at home.

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"Journal of Gerontological Nursing, v. 38, issue 5, p. 8-11."