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Senior Sleep Walking
WaltP posted:
We just moved my dad into an assisted living facility. Over the past 2 months he has lived at his senior apartment, hospital, rehab facility, and now the independent living facility. He is showing signs of dementia and is having this thing of walking in the middle of the night, entering another resident's room, and staying there. That is where he was found this morning. We are going to start a regimen of 2 Tylenol with the physician's approval tonight. Anyone else have any ideas? I have an idea of having some sort of light that would be activated if his door was opened at night. Crazy or is there something that could be done short of the medicine approach?
cjh1203 responded:
Hello Walt,

It sounds like your dad really needs to be seen by a doctor who can determine if he does have dementia and, if so, what kind it is. If he has Alzheimer's, the sooner he can start on the appropriate medications, the better. Nothing can cure it but there are some medications that can help slow the progression.

It could be something besides dementia, too -- as Dr. London mentioned in another thread, even something like a urinary tract infection can cause dementia-like symptoms, as can some other conditions and some medications.

If he does have Alzheimer's or, perhaps, another form of dementia, wandering in the night is not that uncommon. A motion-sensor light might work, or some sort of alarm.

Do you think he might be getting up to go to the bathroom, and then getting confused about where he is? Or might he just want some company? Does he talk to the person whose room he goes to?

Here's an article about sundowning that might be of help to you and your dad.

I hope you'll let us know what you find out, and how you and your dad are doing.

Best wishes,

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