My mom moans a lot in the morning, but when I ask her if she is hurting she says "no". Is this normal for elderly with Alzheimer's?

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My Dad has alzhiemers now for 4yrs he still gets around pretty good,but althrough the day he will moan & cuss.He isnt hurting,his B/P and all that is good,I cant figure it out!We talk cut up,I ask question about the past & things going on now.So I was wondering if someone can tell me something?
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That was really good, Mr. edvierajr! Thanks for sharing your insight.
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DJ:

D'oh! .... The word is not "send" your mood but "sense" your mood.
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DJ:

There are 5 stages of Alzheimer’s/dementia – stage 1 being most severe. Babbling, mumbling, and moaning usually occur in stage 2 or 1 as the brain deteriorates and most language ability declines.

At this level, brain waves fall into "grooves" (couldn't come up with a better word) and repetitive habits, patterns loop over and over and are almost comforting. Some patients repeat words, other pat or tap or knock. Others like to touch silk or something knobby with texture. Some pace, bang their heads, or yell. Part of it is pent up energy and stress. Part of it due to the profound isolation and lack of stimulus that come with the disease and being sectioned from the rest of the world.

While your loved one may not be able to communicate with you at this stage, they can still know your presence, send your mood by facial and body gestures, and respond to touch. This is the time when being their care advocate it crucial. While it’s painful to see someone you love in this state, they need you to protect them, be their voice, and make sure they are not in pain or neglected.

Hope this helps.

-- ED
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