My mother (81) walks in her sleep and I am concerned. What should I do? - AgingCare.com

My mother (81) walks in her sleep and I am concerned. What should I do?

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Also she hides household objects. like bowls, knives and phones.

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Shelley. Nanny Cam and bed alarm are great ideas l have utilized. Due to my mom walking during middle of night, l added a secure baby gate at her bedroom doorframe. It has been a Godsend for me. I sometimes use it during her mid-day nap.
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Like MJKinLAN, I bought a bed alarm. Mine actually sits on the floor about 6 feet from the bed and can detect when Hubby puts his feet out of the bed onto the floor. And, yes the pager part I clip onto my belt or on my bed. It has two sounds, "ding-dong" or alarm. Only I can hear it. What a saver as Hubby was a night walker for a while.
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Night wandering is very common with all types of dementia as is secretly hoarding/stashing items. When it started with my Mom, I would find her fully dressed with her purse "ready to go!" at 3:00am. If you live with her, a bed alarm that only rings in your room will let you know she's up. I also used that in conjunction with a nanny cam to see if she was just getting up to use the restroom or if she was on a mission! Explain the behavior to her PCP. Medication can really help! Sometimes it's something as simple as a UTI, but I would also have her cognitive functions tested now so you have something to compare to down the road.
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Time for mom to have a complete neurological workup.
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