For over a year, my 84 year old mother has been living with us as her Alzheimer's made it impossible for her to live independently. We have challenges all day, mostly during sundowners and night. But every morning, we have a chant from her yelling down the hallway "Is it time to get up yet?" This usually starts around 430-5 AM. We have tried every type of medicine to help her sleep, but eventually we end up with this morning call before dawn.
I tried to soothe her at one point, but that was not working, as she wouldn't remember being soothed, and 5 minutes later it would start up again. I have tried music, TV, putting on the news, keeping TV off, sound machine, etc. I am trying to get her to self soothe, and bring her medicine and breakfast at 630-7. Has anyone else dealt with this in a different way?
I have heard of some people sleeping in the same room with their elderly parents; that just is not an option for me, unless I want my wife to divorce me. So I have heard that advice in the past, and I appreciate where it is coming from, but it is not a possible option.
Does anyone have any other answers and tactics to help manage this "is it time to get up yet" call every morning before dawn?