Elderly Sleep Issues

  • Alzheimer’s and Sleep Disorders: Expert Answers to 6 Common Questions

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease often experience sleep problems, and if they’re not resting well, then neither are their caregivers. Understanding how dementia affects a loved one’s sleep cycle will help you find techniques to improve their sleep.

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  • Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

    It is normal for seniors to frequently doze off throughout the day to compensate for poor sleep at night. However, if your aging loved one spends most of their time sleeping instead of engaging in life, it could point to a more serious underlying problem.

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  • 6 Reasons Caregivers Need Sleep

    There are a multitude of reasons why a caregiver needs to prioritize getting a solid amount of sleep, but it seems sleep is one of the hardest things for a caregiver to find time to do. Here are 6 reasons why you need to get sleep now.

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  • The Connection Between Aging, Insomnia and Memory Loss

    Insomnia is a bothersome condition often associated with fragmented sleep and fatigue. But when chronic sleep deprivation is left unchecked, it can take a serious toll on a senior’s physical and mental health.

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  • Do People Need Less Sleep As They Age?

    Sleep needs change naturally throughout a person's lifetime, but which changes are normal and which ones indicate an underlying problem?

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  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea: When Snoring Becomes a Serious Health Concern

    Snoring is annoying, but it can also indicate a dangerous underlying problem: obstructive sleep apnea. More common among older adults, sleep apnea is associated with serious health risks like chronic fatigue, heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

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  • Sundowning Top Tips: How to Minimize Confusion with a Daily Care Routine

    Sundowning, also known as late day confusion, causes an increase in challenging behaviors in the early evening hours. We’ve compiled experienced dementia caregivers’ tips and advice for devising a routine that minimizes sundowning behaviors.

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  • Treating Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP Machine

    People struggling with sleep apnea are often prescribed a CPAP machine to mitigate their symptoms. However, these devices do have downsides. Discover how to treat sleep apnea without a CPAP machine.

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  • 8 Facts to Know About Lewy Body Dementia

    Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a type of dementia that is often overshadowed by the most prevalent kind, Alzheimer's disease. To clear up the confusion, here are eight facts everyone should know about LBD.

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  • In Pain? Blame Your Brain

    One of the most frustrating and debilitating forms of pain is chronic pain. Chronic pain can last for years and is hard to treat. Understanding the mind-body connection can help people cope with chronic pain.

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  • What is Sleep Apnea?

    Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that causes people to stop breathing while they sleep.

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  • Diagnosing and Treating Bed Wetting in the Elderly

    Nocturnal enuresis (the medical term for bed wetting) can be an embarrassing and messy issue for older adults, but there are several techniques and treatments that can be used to help remedy nighttime incontinence.

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  • Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?

    The most noticeable symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is memory loss, but this progressive condition ultimately weakens the immune system and prevents the body from functioning properly. Complications like infections are often the cause of death.

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  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowner's Syndrome

    Sundowner’s syndrome or sundowning involves a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occur in dementia patients just before nightfall. The Increase in confusion at twilight is distressing for both patients and caregivers.

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  • I'm Forgetting and Misplacing Things; Is Dementia to Blame?

    Memory loss alone is not a sign of Alzheimer's disease. However, for caregivers, it could be indicative of other serious issues like chronic stress, sleep deprivation or burnout.

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  • How to Pick the Right CPAP Machine for Sleep Apnea

    A continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP machine is a common treatment for sleep apnea.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Improving Sleep Quality

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for helping a loved one with PD get quality rest.

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  • Strategies for Overcoming MS-Related Sleep Disorders

    A good night’s sleep can be elusive for those with multiple sclerosis. Try these solutions for reducing trips to the bathroom at night, relieving spasticity and achieving the perfect bedroom temperature for quality rest.

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  • Seniors, Sleep and Restless Leg Syndrome

    Lifestyle changes, drug-free techniques and prescription medications can help manage the symptoms of restless leg syndrome and improve sleep.

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  • Dementia Patients May Suffer from a Fear of Sleep

    Sleep disorders are extremely common for Alzheimer's and dementia patients as their condition worsens. A patient provides an inside perspective on why fellow sufferers may avoid sleep, end up wandering or act out at night.

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