My husband has had increasing dementia for 2 years. He has frequently complained of extreme fatigue. Advice?

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We have mentioned to doctor, who finds his blood work normal and prescribes multi-vitamins. He is also on anti-depressant. He sleeps some 10-12 hrs nightly, naps 2-3 hrs in afternoon, and may sleep in his chair in the a.m. But is "so tired." Is this typical of dementia patients?

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My dad has always done that for the past 4 years. He's been in the VA home 2 years. He sometimes sundowns so badly that he's up most of the night but the VA stuff get him back on schedule quickly. My mother was still alive two of those years fighting her own battle with Alzheimer's, which affected my Dad. I think it's common for dementia patients to be lethargic at times and manic at others.
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Husband has vascular dementia, is 78, sleeps a lot at night, not during day. He's on Namenda, Citalopram, Aricept, Metformin, and a few other prescribed meds, as well as vitamins & baby aspirin daily. Dr. tells me my loving husband's has to work harder due to the dementia, and I am seeing cognitive failure every day. Husband had MOH's surgery last week; 3 incisions in one day, 1 in forehead & 1 behind each ear. I know that took a lot out of him & he doesn't want me to treat the wounds, but I can do it once a day & I am grateful and an happy I can do that for him. My husband is and will always be my one true love......he is worth every moment I can have with him. I do tend to lose my patience, but then I say a prayer to give me the strength to take care of him. We live in an independent apartment; I am 69 & we have been married 47-1/2 yrs........each day is a blessing.......my husband is still in there......I know it...........We Caregivers need prayers & patience.....these are our loved ones.....MsHowdy2 is my nickname, if you care to read my comments.....
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It could be caused by many things. Have you noticed if he has shallow breathing when sleeping or does he snore? Sometimes people with sleep apnea will always be tired and sleepy, because they don't get full rest to due lack of oxygen. Cpap is the treatment, and I don't know how that would work with a dementia patient. I would imagine it would be difficult to explain what it is and why they need it. Still, it could answer why he's so exhausted, if that is the problem.
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Wow I wish my mother who has dementia/alzheimer age 85 would sleep, she was diagnosed in March 2015, she is up all the time and never sleeps, even the night time pills she takes I have to crush them in order for her to even get them into her stomach, she is very argumenitive. She is in denial about the diagnose and thinks everyone else is crazy. She may take a nap for 5 min off and on but never laying down, all night. I try to go to bed about midnight and if I have to go to the rest room during the night 2 she is up 4 she is up and she starts calling people about 7AM if they will answer. My prayers go out to you good luck with your Dad, we will make it.
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You said it Normandy!
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I hear ya, my youngest son burned down our house when he was barely two yrs old. This was before they had the sense to put a safety feature on those long BBQ lighters. I guess they thought I'd have the sense to keep it out of reach, yeah right, they didn't know me and they didn't know him. My oldest son got a hold of my car keys, put the car in neutral and rolled down the hill into the lake when he was 3 yrs. My daughter got out of her car seat at 18 mo. and shifted my idling car into drive while I was inside the ATM and mowed down a sign before coming to a stop with the help of a nearby parked car. Lord'amercy I wanted to run away more than once or at least be sent to my room for a week.
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Beautiful exchange with implied humor. Shows with all the strife of kids, caregiving and everything else we are all human and enjoy hidden meanings with a laugh.
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IamAmy, glad I could help! Sometimes I hit "post" and then read what I've typed and some of my comments read like I've had a glass or two of wine while typing. Also, that could have been a Freudian slip too. Having my first 4 children in 32 months (no BC back then) made me think about "staying away" more than once! lol But we all survived and I even had #5 10 years later. I could write a book on what kids do and say. One lesson I learned was never say "my kids would never do something like that". Because they either did or were thinking about it.
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Terry, your typo gave me the giggles. "I stayed 'away' after that" hahaaa! I knew immediately it was a typo but appreciate the moment of laughter.
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On the flip side my dad doesn't sleep enough. No naps, goes to bed at 9:00 pm and gets up to pace at 10:00 pm, back to bed at 11:00 pm and up for the day at 6:00 am. I'm thankful and yet I wish he would at least take a nap and yes that nap would benefit me too. :-)
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