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posted 03-18-2003 08:29 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I take care of my 92-year old grandfather who has alzheimer's. He has no physical limitations other than his mind. We have installed a double lock on our door and he has never done anything harmful or destructive when un-supervised at night.

Here is my problem. He gets up and thinks that its morning or goes to the bathroom and then forgets its nighttime. I am usually awake at night and about half the time, I can get him to go back to bed by telling him its not morning yet or that he can do whatever it is he thinks he needs to do at daylight. The other half though, he is combative with me and wakes up the household or I just don't know that he's awake.

When he wakes up at night, he gets fully dressed, goes to the living room, and goes back to sleep sitting up on the couch. I know this can't be healthy for him. My father (and co-caretaker) doesn't think its a problem but it really bothers me. #1: should I be concerned that he sleeps half of most nights sitting up and #2: how can I get him to listen to me and go back to bed?


posted 03-22-2003 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GRM4LOVE     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Tiredlady...welcome

Excuse me for not responding sooner... I was baraged with emails when I was out of town for the week ...

wandering is difficult, because in most circumstances you won't be able to get someone who is down the road with AD to listen and respond as you would like them to.
The Alz associations have marvelous materials on wandering.. you can also do a search on google or any search engine for Alz wandering and you will get lot of pages... with tons of info...

also Beth Witrogen McLeod has written an excellent article on wandering here at the site at:

these are some I came up with..



I do understand that many a time, the caregiver wants to bring the loved one back to their own reality.. unfortunately it usually doesn't work.. what can work best is if we try to see where they are in their own world and play act with them in the moment...

let us know how you make out...

richest blessings


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