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My father has PPA and is very restless at night. He cannot sleep and it is exhausting my mother who is his primary caregiver. Any advise/suggestions as to what this is and how to help her would be greatly appreciated

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While you get dad sorted out the best help you can give your Mom is some respite so she can spend a peaceful night away from home
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I suggest you contact the Association for FrontoTemporal Dementia, AFTD, and look at the ftdsupportforum. PPA is a variant of FTD, which is a dementia. The forum has a special section for PPA. You should definitely be getting more help from the doctor, who hopefully, is a specialist. A consultation with a speech therapist may help you deal with the communications problems. Don't know if you have made/used a picture book, or other methods to communicate but could look into making one that is relevant to his needs. Definitely look into having his meds adjusted.
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Well I typed it into my computer and came up with the definition of primary progressive aphasia, a form of cognitive impairment that involves loss of language function.,also eventually the loss to understand language or read.It also stated that the person can be very aware of this loss,it is not dementia,they can become very frustrated and depressed.There is a website www.ppaconnection.org that may give more info.There can be other neurological disorders that can mimic this. Where did he get the diagnosis of PPA? Are they sure this is the problem? How well are you able to communicate to him and vice versa? Is he able to communicate anything to you, like is he in pain,depressed, frustrated etc. By restless, is he wandering around the house,or is he in bed restless and not sleeping ? Have his primary MD review his meds and see if a sleep aid would be appropriate .If he really does have PPA how is he communicating his thoughts/needs? I don't just want to drug him , would prefer to find the underlying cause of the restlessness, it could be just frustration at not being able to communicate or could be some medical issue he can't communicate.Just need more info on how you guys interact with him daily.
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