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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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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

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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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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)

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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What would happen if an elderly person is given a sleeping pill but hides it under tongue?

What would happen if an elderly person is given a sleeping pill but hides it under tongue?

Sleep: Your doctor needs to be informed. Might substitute with liquid form or crushed pill. ...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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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?

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

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