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Now he is reporting that since taking the meds his dreams have become much "better". I had no idea they were not good to start with , but this seem like a good thing. Has anyone else ever noticed this? I have not noticed any other improvements from taking these meds so this makes me LOL! How long does it take for this to kick in and if so is there any outward sign?

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Better dreams is a significant improvement and it sounds like he is headed in the right direction. Hang in there.
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The diagnosis so far is just mild to moderate dementia, still doing more testing so not sure about LBD. I don't often see him sleeping as his door is closed at night. I will try to peek now a few times and see. Thanks! Keep hoping the meds will help some...
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Do you know what kind of dementia he has? In Lewy Body Dementia there is very close connection to sleep. There are theories (not yet verified) that the hallucinations in this disease are dream-related. So it would not surprise me if Aricept did have an impact on dreams in LBD, and perhaps other dementias as well.

My husband's hallucinations were reduced (not completely eliminated) when he started Aricept. I think his cognition level was improved, too, but that is hard to say because in that disease cognition fluctuates considerably on its own.

I guess that is my wordy way of saying "I don't know. But I don't doubt FIL is right."

When his dreams were not good, did he ever seem to be acting them out? Flailing his arms or legs or appear to be running in bed, etc.? This is maybe not so easy to know if you aren't the bed partner but it would be interesting to see what he remembers about the bad dreams.

You certainly have your hands (and your heart) full with FIL living with you and Dad some distance away, both with dementia!

Hugs to you for all you do!
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