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Elderly Sleeping All Day
Elderly male sleeping up to 16 hrs/day, misses out on breakfast, lunch. Usually eats a lot of food at dinner, but still losing weight. Reasons?
Inadequate nutrition: When evaluating weight loss, we start w/basics: Can they afford food? Is that person getting enough to eat? Eating a lot of food at dinner may not make up for missed calories from 2 meals. We also want to assess ability to chew & swallow food. In this case, I'd also want to find out why he's sleeping 16hrs/d, which is twice avg am't. After that, then we look for hyperthyroidism, cancer & other dz ...Read more
How many hours of sleep per 24hr does an elderly person need? 92 walks. Makes many loud breathing sounds at night but asleep; cat naps during the day
She sleeps whenever: The amount of sleep may not change but habbit of sleep will over time. When young, u have to work and have other responsibilties to accomplish during day, thus needing to sleep at night. At 92, she does not have to get up early, so sleeps whenever she wants, naps whenever convenient. As long as she feels well and active when up, she is fine. She got to 92! she sleeps when she needs it! :-)). ...Read more
Varies ~7+/-hrs: While we typically think of elderly as needing less sleep, answer to your question really depends upon many factors. For instance, how old is old? Any underlying medical conditions and/or medications? Prior sleep disorders? Bottom line, quality of sleep is probably at least as important if not more so than quantity. And rather than ask/answer general question, ask individual if they got enough sle ...Read more
If the person has: Signs of serious head injury - they should be medically evaluated. Otherwise they can go to sleep if they desire. Possible concussion sxs: + or – loss of consciousness, headache / pressure, can't recall event, dizziness, v coordination, ringing in ears, confusion, slurred speech, nausea / vomiting ; fatigue. For concussion seek medical care. Seek urgent treatment for loss of consciousness, >>. ...Read more
Should an elderly wiman sleep in a room with temp below 50 degrees when she is having respiroty problems, just got over pneumonia.
Elderly need the same amount of sleep normal adults need, however their sleep efficiency decreases and they wake up frequently, also boredom, loneliness can cause them to sleep more and feel depressed.
Please give them lots of love and attention, talking daily, spending time with them, doing activities, love, warmth and care will go a long way to help them feel better. ...Read more
Is elderly people actually get the same amount of sleep or only slightly less sleep than they got when younger?
Sleep: Regardless of age if a nap in the afternoon is needed it should be taken. As long as you wake up refreshed there is no need to be concerned. ...Read more
I wouldn't take it: I bet there are two sides to the story. Some that would rave and others that would tread it with their feet. In your case, when the range of feedback is so conflicting and you cannot really have anyone responsible for whatever may happen to you, I would not experiment. There are so many other natural ways to induce sleep, although, they may not be as effective as prescription type drugs. ...Read more
Wikipedia: It would be surprising if wikipedia does not give you this information. ...Read more
Is it true that elderly people couldn't sleep alot at night or it is a special case? &how much should a 52 woman sleep (she have diabetes type 2)? thnx
Sleep: Your doctor needs to be informed. Might substitute with liquid form or crushed pill. ...Read more
Questions on end-of-life care at home: who approves it? Do they do autopsy? Who do you call if you find an elderly person died in sleep?
Difficult?: If a person is found alone, it depends on the state, but in most states an autopsy is required and you should call 911 if the person is found dead alone. If a person desires to die at home, that is usually their choice if they are capable of making those decisions. If not and it is their desire and have advanced directives, then the decisions rest with their power of attorneys and finances. ...Read more
What are some techniques to help elderly calm their mind of racing thoughts and stress to get better sleep?
Elderly Health: Consult with your doctor to rule out any medical issues. Take daily walks, even if it is for short distances, make sure your nutrition is healthy, focusing on a plant based diet. Confide in those close to you about your concerns, don't keep your troubles to yourself. If your still troubled consult a mental health professional who specializes in geriatric care. Best wishes. ...Read more
Elderly pt w/dementia, has been sleeping a lot more lately and may have difficulty opening eyes. Reasons?
Could lack of sleep cause an elderly person to talk constantly, saying random words and phrases even if no one is in the room?
Elderly dementia male excessive sleeping, no breakfast or lunch, losing weight. Drank 32 oz milkshake, 1/2 sandwich, little soup, water. Enuf food?
Poor nutrition in: The diet you mention, not the amount that is the real issue. Please see a nutritionist who can help you create a good food plan. Every meal needs to contain protein, fats, and carbs. Lots of good fats helpful to the brain. These are things like olive oil, coconut oil. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Can lack of sleep for days cause symptoms that can mimic dementia in elderly? (hallucinations & delusions)
Elderly grandma has hbp and CHF & has trouble sleeping. She has become very emotional and doesn't make sense. What would calm her safely?
Delirium?: Your grandma needs an urgent assessment with her primary care physician. The mental status changes you describe (sleep disturbance, very emotional, and "doesn't make sense") are consistent with delirium, a confusional state caused by many kinds of medical problems including medication reactions -- but you list no meds. Treatment requires correcting the underlying cause. ...Read more
Elderly pt w/broken knee cap. Sleeping excessively at SNF. Can use of pain killers cause excessive sleep? If so, what kind of pain killers are it?
Pain relievers: There are several common types of pain killers, ranging from acetaminophen/paracetamol to NSAIDs to tramadol to opioids. Side effects of the last 2 include sedation & sleepiness. Plus death in overdose. Acetaminophen can be bad for liver in excess while NSAIDs are worrisome for kidney disease & stomach ulcers. Best to discuss w/patient's doctor. ...Read more
Elderly dementia pt not excessively sleeping prior to going to a SNF but now is. Reasons? Had surgery for broken knee cap. On pain killers.
Discuss w/attending: Chat w/attending physician & express your concerns about change in status. Review medications looking for ones that show up on Beers list (https://www. Scanhealthplan. Com/media/1743/printablebeerspocketcard. Pdf) - excess opioids can cause confusion & sedation. Review labs. Since knee caps don't typically break spontaneously but as result of trauma, consider repeat head CT for subdural hematoma ...Read more
What is better for an elderly person to take to stay asleep through the night - liquid melatonin or a tablet?
Melatonin: Usually liquid form is easier to take in, at lowest dose possible (can be titrated down to less than 1 mg. Doses). ...Read more
Would increasing Seroquel (quetiapine) from 12.5 to 25 mg help an elderly person stay asleep longer in the early morning hours?
Seroquel (quetiapine) dose: It is very possible but it depends more on individual response. ...Read more
Elderly dementia male now sleeps 12+ hrs/day. What could this signify? Not walking around as much.
Responses: Presume you are 60 and the "elderly male" is much older. The sleep is in part OK if it is at nite, but not so good if during day. You need to assess if this is due to his medications or even ingestion of alcohol. Dementia progression can result in apathy, withdrawal, loss of mobility, and incontinence. Have your doctor reassess. ...Read more