This a recently new behavior, I am his daughter and caretaker and I am used to him getting up on his own. He enjoys the music very much singing and clapping his hands, but now he seems to stay in there to me too long-- I have to cox him now to get up and eat and more and more often he tells me he is not hungry-- I try to allow him to make the decision in order to keep his independence because sometimes he says that he knows where the food is. Other times when I have been able to get him up and I have given him the food he tells me he is not hungry and may let the food sit there and get cold and then eat it--not wanting me to heat it up.
I admit sometimes I feel guilty because there are times when he is in his room that I get a chance to take care of other house work or other matters that require me handle business either on the phone or the computer for both him and myself. But I feel he should be up more--is this a normal behavior with dementia patients?
He also often may get up very late at night or many times I will find him already up by the time I have awakened in the morning and then he may go back to bed during the rest of the day or fall asleep on the sofa sometimes after eating or not.
Has anybody else experienced this?