1. Expert Q&A: Benefits - Weds 23 October, 3-4pm

    Our next expert Q&A will be on the topic of benefits. It will be hosted by Lauren from our Knowledge Services team. She'll be answering your questions on Wednesday 23 October between 3-4pm.

    You can either post your question >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll be happy to ask them on your behalf.

"Nightmares" While Awake?

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Long-Suffering, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Long-Suffering

    Long-Suffering Registered User

    Jul 6, 2015
    426
    Dad's periods of confusion used to be limited to the evenings and the middle of the night. Then he started to have them in the morning too for an hour or so after he got up. In these moods he gets angry and quite aggressive.Throughout the day, he gets upset when mum leaves the room. This has been going on for a while, so we are used to it now.

    Today there was a new development - she told me she had spied on him to see what he did when she wasn't in the room and it looked to her like he was "having a nightmare while he was awake". I don't know what to make of this, as I wasn't there myself, and mum's interpretation of things is sometimes quite different to other people's.

    Any views, anyone?

    LS
     
  2. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    I'm wondering if it could be hallucinations. Or fearful about being alone.
    Sorry not much help.
     
  3. Long-Suffering

    Long-Suffering Registered User

    Jul 6, 2015
    426
    Hi Lin,

    I was wondering about hallucinations. Dad still doesn't have an official diagnosis for his type of dementia. Are hallucinations a feature of all types or a certain type?

    Mind you, I have to be really careful about anything mum says b/c she often misinforms me about things dad says or does. One reason is she is quite deaf but refuses to get a hearing aid. I've recently noticed that dad will say something perfectly rational, she mishears it/misunderstands it, and then reacts to him as if he is talking gibberish. Another reason is she may well be suffering from dementia too. It's very hard to know what's really going on. I've come to think a lot of what my mum tells me about dad's behaviour is distorted by her own mental problems.

    LS
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.