1. Q&A: "Loneliness and isolation" - Tuesday 30 Oct, 2-3pm

    Are you experiencing loneliness and isolation? Do you care for someone with dementia or have dementia yourself? We are here to answer your questions on this emotive topic. Our next expert Q&A will be hosted by Anne from our Helpline team. She will be answering your questions on Tuesday 30 October from 2-3pm. Want to ask questions in advance, or don’t think you can make it? You can either post questions here or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on Tuesday 30th of October from 2-3 pm.

    Pop by and post your questions now and we'll answer them on Tuesday.

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Discussion in 'Welcome and how to use Talking Point' started by Pommie100, May 17, 2018.

  1. Pommie100

    Pommie100 New member

    May 17, 2018
    Hi everyone, I wondered if anyone could give advice or share some thoughts. My Mum is 81, my Dad is the same age and cares for her as best he can. Recently she has started to sleep constantly. We wake her up, she doesn’t really want to eat or drink, just sleep. This is of course a major concern. The GP has looked at her and doesn’t seem unduly worried. I know dementia takes many forms but is this normal? Surely she cannot go on without food and water and I know some will say we should try to make her stay awake and eat, believe that’s far easier said than done
  2. nellbelles

    nellbelles Volunteer Host

    Nov 6, 2008
    Hi @Pommie100 welcome to TP

    From my personal experience I know that the PWD very often sleeps much of the day away, all I can think of is that you keep her as hydrated as you can while she is awake.
    Yogurt, custards, fortified drinks if the Doctor will prescribe them.
    Please keep posting so we can help you.
  3. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    Hi Pommie, welcome to TP
    I think it's fairly normal, most days about half the residents in the care home are asleep. My wife went through a phase of sleeping a lot, it lasted about 3 weeks, she'd go to sleep while I was feeding her with her mouth full of food. She's stopping doing it now, when I check her half hour observations she's down as being awake most of the day at the moment.
    In the early days it was exactly to reverse, she'd be awake all day and most of the night, that was a nightmare as she wasn't safe to be left alone so when she was up I had to be up too.
    As long as the doctor is aware and not concerned I wouldn't worry either, it's the way AZ affects some people.
  4. Pommie100

    Pommie100 New member

    May 17, 2018
    Thanks for the advice. I will seek an appointment with the doctor again and see if they can prescribe. I feel like we are not helping her by not giving her basic nutrition, but we wake her, she takes a couple of bites or sips of drinks and goes back to sleep. Really difficult situation. Will keep updating

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