My mom is 87 years old with dementia. She was diagnosed probably 6 years ago. She now sleeps 16 hour days. Is this late stage? - AgingCare.com

My mom is 87 years old with dementia. She was diagnosed probably 6 years ago. She now sleeps 16 hour days. Is this late stage?

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She has a pacemaker but no real health issues. She just wants to sleep all the time. It drives me crazy but I guess her body is tired. Thoughts?

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When my husband had his stroke [and now dementia also] we were told that the brain uses a LOT of energy and that many patients with brain injuries sleep a lot. I think this my relate also to dementia if you think of it as a brain injury.
My husband sleeps up to 16 hrs a day too or more. He is up about 4 hrs a day in the evenings.
The therapists want him to be engaged and exercise. Not happening.

I'd say her body is tired.
My MIL is 87 and sleeps constantly too. She has moderate ALZ dementia with other health issues.
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My mother is 88 and she to sleeps alot. She had hospice come in and we thought well this is going to be hard. Well we got blessed because she is a strong individual and she wasn't ready to just give up so hospice discharged her. I'm telling you this story so you can see some patients still have a little fight.
She is incontinent, we can't understand what she says, she can't see and her mind is far away. Yes she needs 24/7 care. It's so very hard. She will sleep all day but I have done this. When she is a wake I put music that she use to enjoy on softly. I also put her in her wheelchair and stroll her around the house and sometimes outside depending on weather. I sit and talk with her and she gives me a look like she wants to say something to me but can't. I do this daily and it really helps her to sleep less. I hope you all the best for you.
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I wonder what stage my husband is in. His Dr will not give a stage for him. He has had dementia since 2012, Early this year, he became incontinent. He repeats certain actions. When I got him Ensure he would drink as many as he could sneak in a day, then whenever we go past sunglasses, candy in a store he tries to take one, Now he take his depends off and walks around even when granddaughter is in apt. He doesnt understand these are wrong behaviors.
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Marcia7321 Jul 20, 2018
Maybe you could ask for a consultation with a doctor that specializes in memory loss. That doctor might be more comfortable offering you an idea of your husband's stage of dementia. Have you been given a diagnosis (best guess?) of the type of dementia your husband has? That might be helpful to you too.
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16 hours a day seems like a lot but my mom has been sleeping more than that for years now - she is also double incontinent, can't walk or sit on her own, doesn't talk more that one or two words and needs to have all her drinks thickened and her meals pureed. Yeah, it sucks.
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is she sleeping in a bed or in a chair? my dad couldn't stay awake during the day. whatever he would be doing. next thing you know his mouth was open and eyes shut.(chair)
he would wake up if you called out to him. but look very sleepy.

towards very end of his life, he stopped "sleeping" was  "JUST OUT" meaning you couldn't even wake him

at that point everyone agreed he didn't belong in his 'easy chair' any more and we put him to stay in bed.

he had just started on hospice about 2 weeks before that. so then he got a hospice bed and air mattress. he never got bed sores. but I recently looked online about bed sores. and was horrified.

if your mom is sleeping a lot make sure you try to avoid those bed sores.
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Our loved one is sleeping all the time, too. She is in moderate stage. We were told it was common for people with Alzheimer's. The suggestions included more daily activity and melatonin to help her sleep better at night. But the doctor (specializing in memory care) did not seem alarmed and did not indicate that this moved her into "late stage". From my understanding, in late stage Alzheimer's she will forget how to do things like control her bowels and urine, walk and swallow...really basic skills.
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