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Sleeping in the elderly

My father is almost 88 years old and sleeps an average of 14 hours a night if I wake him up. If I don't he will sleep all night and all day. Once I didn't wake him and he went to bed at 6:30 pm and slept all night, the entire next day and the next night, I woke him that morning at 8:00am. I never heard of a person sleeping like this, he will get up and go to the bath room but go right back to bed. He has mild parkinson's disease, and sick sinus syndrome with a pacemaker, mild to moderate dementia, and other than that no other problems. No renal failure. He goes to a senior center for people with mild to moderate dementia 3 days a week from 10:15am to 4:00pm and gets up between 8 and 8:30 on those days, I let him sleep until 11:30 or noon the other days unless he has a doctors appt. so I don't know if those 3 days a the senior center wears him out or if it has nothing to do with it. My friend thinks he's just winding down which is fine, but I'm not sure if this is a normal end of life behavior or something abnormal.


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88793 tn?1290227177
No, I don't think so it is the symptom of end of life.  I lived with my father in law who was 94 years old when he came in.  He's healthy, only with asthma.  He offered help me to sweep the floor/yard.  Hanging and picking up the clothes.  He also concentrated on the weather make sure he picked up the clothes before it rained.  He'll miss if he slept all the day long!  LOL.  He liked sleep (usually longer hour than us).  He said to me, when getting old all the bones shrink, so can feel the body aching.  He said exercise is important.  Even he was on the bed, he also moving his toes and fingers a lot.  He got up ate his meal about 4 or 5 times a day.  Very little he ate.  We also took him to go out with the family.  Of course not walking, sat on the wheel chair.  He die 6 years later.  After the dinner.  May be your dad has illnesses so he is a bit different.  I wish him all the best.  Take care.
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It sounds like when your father has something to do, he enjoys being up and not sleeping.  You may want to try getting him a couple of hobbies, just things to keep him busy, he may just be sleeping out of boredom.  Everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning, I think it would help if your father had more things he could look forward to every day.  Take care....
367994 tn?1304953593
Is your father on medication?  Your father should get some physical exercise...is there an exercise routine associated with the Senior Center visits?
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