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My Mother is 86 years now and suffers from Al/s. Mom spends 22 hours out of 24 in bed every day, stating its easier on Her bottom. I try to keep Mom's bed tidy also Her bedroom, but lately I'm noticing that Mother is pulling out all of the bed clothes. Where I would tucked them in. It seems every time I enter the bedroom Mom's bed resembles a war zone ??? It's as if She's wrestling the clothes. ID LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS IS USUAL BEHAVOUR FOR AN ALZHEIMER'S SUFFERER ?

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My dad was cutting up paper towels too. He also stuffed his pockets with paper towels and would blow his noise constantly in the towels then toss them out. He'd go through a full roll of PT in a day! I stopped making them available to him so he started on facial tissues. A whole box would be gone in a day. I'd find tissues stuffed on the sides of his chair cushions and a pile in the trash. At first I thought well, it keeps him busy folding them, cutting and storing them. But then the cost factor came to light. Now that he's in a memory care home, they don't allow scissors or boxes of tissue or paper towels in their room. He gets a paper napkin at all his meals and stuffs those in this pockets after eating. When we visit, I always offer him a new large paper napkin which he gladly accepts. He then tosses out the old shredded ones that he has in his pocket. Who knows how long it has been in his pocket or hiding place. I wasn't sure if this was normal behavior for Alz patients. I thought my dad was alone on this one.
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Johnboy: So sorry for you.
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Jonboy You have honoured and shown Your dear Wife the greatest respect, and cared for Her these past 7 years. It's time to let Her go to a that place where She will be cared for at tentatively round the clock, as You will need Your time to look after Your own health.
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johnboy, my Dad hoard napkins to put in his pockets. It is just a part of the dementia disease. Yes, your LO is likely ready, past ready, to be in a place where she can have 24/7 care and you can visit her without feeling you are the sole provider for her safety!! I am sure your cancer treatments don't leave you with a lot of energy !! God Bless!!
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My dearest cuts paper towels folds them put them in her pockets in her shoes, Today she refuse to take her meds an when she did she chew them instead of swallowing them, refusing to let me give her insulin shot. I think now she is ready to be in a safer place then what help I could give her. I seen her go down for the past 7 years but this past four months its been pure hell for me I am 76 and taking cancer treatments for over a year now. What do you think?
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Johnjoe: I appreciate so much your kind comments! We are here for each other.
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Thank You Liamlover47 it is great to be part of this wonderful Family of Caregive's Who are so giving of Themselve's in pursuit of helping Fellow Caregiver's. This time for Us is probably the most trying and difficult time of Our Lives.
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Johnjoe: You're very welcome. We are a loving, caregiving support group who are here for you. ♥♡
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Lifeexperiences: 2 reasons- #1 b/c it could help if the original posters heard the same word from two people and #2 that's who I am. You should not be concerned about my post.
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Thank You All fellow Caregiver's for Your input and support which is a very solid crutch for Me. I feel that I can turn to You Guy's for advice and sometimes a shoulder to cry on. I love All of You very much.
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I have heard that pulling on bed sheets is super common. Pulling on clothes too. It's something to do. Or maybe it feels like making the bed "orderly" to her when it feels like "undoing" the bed to you.
Fidget quilts can sometimes help focus the restless energy.
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llamalover47...guess we agree on something...not sure why you felt you had to post that????
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Lifeexperiences::That's exactly what I said!
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sounds like it could be anxiety...why don't you record her sleeping and doing this...and show her doctor. good luck
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Maybe she just doesn't like the sheets or bedding. When dad came to live with us, I took all that I could from his former home including bed sheets and pillowcases to help him feel like he never moved. I even used the same laundry detergent. Also the soaps and shampoos for bathing. I arranged the room the best I could to what he was use to. I slowly changed things as he got use to his new environment. PS. Dad sometimes made up his own bed before the move and he would at our home. He didn't do a very neat job like a would have liked, but what does it matter. When he didn't make his bed, when it was time for bed, he'd say, oh I forgot to make my bed and straighten it out some and go to bed.
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She may be thinking that she is folding clothes and helping by laying them on the floor. Or she may have no idea why or that she messed with the clothes. It's really difficult to say. My loved one does odd things with things.

She loves pictures that I hang on her closet door or wall, but sometimes, I will find them crumpled up in her nightstand drawer. She has no idea why they are there. It's safe to say that she or her roommate are responsible. She would not do this if she were thinking clearly. Before she went into Memory Care she would stack up things on the counter that made no sense, disconnected the cable box and placed it in the kitchen cabinet......there is no rhyme or reason to this behavior.

If she appears to be anxious, I might discuss it with her doctor. I don't think there is any way to know what is causing it.
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I'm new to this Dementia thing. But I don't think there is a normal. Maybe basic signs but each patient has had different life experiences so they will react different. Mom makes her own bed. Its never made the same twice. Yesterday she had a meltdown. Being in a split level Mom is in the bottom level with a bath toherself, her bed, chair and TV. I have a monitor so I can hear her upstairs at night and during the day. She has been here 10 months and knows all she has to do is hollar. Yesterday I caught her coming up the stairs, a no no. She told me that she had been crying because she has no number to call me or know how to get hold of me. I explained that we r all in the same house and there is a monitor, all she has to do is hollar. Which she had done a couple of hours prior when she needed me in the bath room. Her response, oh thats right.
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It could be anxiety.
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I don't know if your mom is yanking at her linens because of the Alzheimer's but it may be because of anxiety.
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