Sleeping more and more is a common feature of later-stage dementia . As the disease progresses, the damage to a person’s brain becomes more extensive and they gradually become weaker and frailer over time.
Interestingly, older adults need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults — seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, many older adults often get less sleep than they need . One reason is that they often have more trouble falling asleep.
Adults (18-64): 7-9 hours. Older adults (65+): 7-8 hours.
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Resiberg’s system: Stage 1: No Impairment. During this stage, Alzheimer’s is not detectable and no memory problems or other symptoms of dementia are evident. Stage 2: Very Mild Decline . Stage 3: Mild Decline . Stage 4: Moderate Decline . Stage 5 : Moderately Severe Decline . Stage 6: Severe Decline . Stages 7: Very Severe Decline .
Daytime sleepiness is very common among elderly people. Sometimes it’s just a sign of interrupted nighttime sleeping due to poor sleep habits, an uncomfortable environment, the aches and pains of aging or a side effect of medications.
At a minimum, bathing once or twice a week helps most seniors avoid skin breakdown and infections. Using warm washcloths to wipe armpits, groin, genitals, feet, and any skin folds also helps minimize body odor in between full baths. However, some dementia caregivers say it’s actually easier to bathe every day.
The most common causes of excessive daytime sleepiness are sleep deprivation , obstructive sleep apnea , and sedating medications. Other potential causes of excessive daytime sleepiness include certain medical and psychiatric conditions and sleep disorders , such as narcolepsy.
Too much sleep on a regular basis can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and death according to several studies done over the years. Too much is defined as greater than nine hours . The most common cause is not getting enough sleep the night before, or cumulatively during the week.
Most healthy older adults age 65 or older need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to feel rested and alert. But as you age, your sleep patterns may change.
You may be too exhausted even to manage your daily affairs. In most cases, there’s a reason for the fatigue . It might be allergic rhinitis, anemia, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease (COPD), or some other health condition.
Vitamin deficiency Being tired all the time can also be a sign of vitamin deficiency. This could include low levels of vitamin D, vitamin B-12, iron, magnesium, or potassium. A routine blood test can help identify a deficiency.
How exactly does the aging process affect fatigue ? The short answer is that everyone feels tired sometimes. In fact, nearly a third of people aged 51 and up experience fatigue , according to a study by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society in 2010.
Here’s how to get more energy . Eat (mostly) whole foods. Fresh, whole, unprocessed foods renew energy levels with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Check your vitamin D. Revitalize with vitamin B12.