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I'd heard the elderly have trouble sleeping, why did my parents sleep 14 hours each day?

I'd heard the elderly have trouble sleeping, why did my parents sleep 14 hours each day?

All are not the same: Everyone's a little different. Also, medications can increase (or decrease) need for sleep. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more

Dr. Lionel Lim
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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

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

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Check your loved one's balance
Once
Remove obstructions that could cause falls
Once
Organize medications
Once
Add railings for support
Once
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How much sleep should the elderly have? Are afternoon naps ok?

How much sleep should the elderly have? Are afternoon naps ok?

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

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Make sure surroundings are safe and familiar
10 Min, Once, forever
Call the doctor if there is a new change in behavior or level of alertness
5 Min, Once, forever
Make time for stress reduction, relaxation
30 Min, Daily, forever
Call elder abuse hotline for physical, financial or other abuse
15 Min, Once, forever
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Can an elderly person try polyphasic sleeping, would it be healthy?

Can an elderly person try polyphasic sleeping, would it be healthy?

Sleep: Elderly people need the same amount of sleep in 24 hours just as normal adults. Although they have more altered homeostatic and circadian drives due to multiple factors. Not sure what the term polyphasic refers to exactly. ...Read more

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Is it common for the elderly to develop obstructive sleep apnea?

Is it common for the elderly to develop obstructive sleep apnea?

More likely: As we get older the risk of sleep apnea increases. Especially if we gain some weight and as we age our muscles that hold the throat open tend to relax. ...Read more

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Caring for an Elderly Loved One (Checklist)

Walk slowly when exercising
20 Min, Daily, forever
Help them with chores
Once
Speak slowly in case they can't hear well
Once
Assist when necessary with cooking, bathing, dressing
Once

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