Is It Safe To Give Sleeping Pills For People With Dementia Aged 75 Years?
Good evening, my mother is 75 years old and has been suffering from dementia since a few years ago. But lately it was getting worse, he could not sleep at night so the morning was exhausted and fainted. Finally we went to the doctor and asked to be prescribed sleeping pills. The first few days, he was able to sleep well but after that it continued to stay awake. Now she is more irritable and can kick / slap the nurse who takes care of her until she is afraid to get close. We were confused about what to do, while we children had to work because we all had our own families so we could not take care of him 24 hours. Is this the effect of the sleeping pills?
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Dementia is a disease characterized by a decrease in memory and way of thinking so that changes in behavior and speech appear. This dementia is a disease that occurs due to aging. Generally experienced by people who have a family history or genetic factors. In addition, there are many triggering factors that also influence, such as bad lifestyle (unhealthy eating patterns, rarely exercising, irregular sleep, frequent emotional stress, smoking and drinking alcohol) or have diseases (such as high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and others).
Patients who experience dementia will experience symptoms that you can read in full here. Including symptoms experienced by your mother (difficulty sleeping, irritability, abusive behavior, etc.), are symptoms of dementia.
Never mind giving sleeping pills for people with dementia. However, it is better under the supervision of a psychiatrist doctor. And indeed this sleeping pill can gradually become impervious to sufferers if consumed continuously. For this reason, other therapies need to be followed, such as occupational therapy. Occupational therapy aims to teach sufferers how to do their daily activities safely according to their conditions, as well as teach them how to control emotions in dealing with the development of symptoms. In addition, family guidance is needed to arrange sleep schedules and create a comfortable atmosphere for resting the night. Some things you must do are:
1. Schedule bedtime at the same time every day. You can write your sleep schedule on the reminder whiteboard, as well as to help and stimulate your mother's memory.
2. Do lots of fun activities in the morning until dusk. If your mother really wants to take a nap, try not more than one hour.
3. When the sleep schedule arrives, create a comfortable atmosphere, ie turn off all sound and light sources.
4. You must take the time to accompany your mother to do daily activities or you are looking for a trusted person who can really accompany her to do daily activities, guide her through cognitive stimulation therapy, occupation, memory and cognitive rehabilitation and help her be able to take medication regularly.
Thus hopefully useful.