Dec 20, 2016 - 12:29 PM
It sounds like you are dealing with two issues ( sleep problems and loss of appetite), These two issues tend to effect each other.
Are you in contact with the Alzheimer’s website www.alz.org. They have many useful aspects to their site, such as caregiver advice and support. They not only have expertise with Alzheimer ’s disease but also with all forms of dementia.
Sleep changes are common with individuals who have dementia. Some will sleep during the day but not at night. Alz.org cautions the caregiver to be sure to first contact the medical professional who is handling the individual’s dementia to be sure there is not a medical problem that can be easily corrected, such as pain or a medication that is interfering with sleep.
The Alzheimer organization suggests trying non-drug interventions first. This includes maintaining regular times for meals and bedtime. Encourage regular daily exercise. Discourage watching TV for long periods of time. Discourage staying in bed during the day, except at nap time. At bedtime, make sure the bedroom temperature is comfortable, and that there is a night light and security objects.
During mealtimes , provide a quiet, sedate atmosphere. Avoid noisy TV programs and disturbing conversations or situations. Are there foods that your mom remembers fondly? Focus on those foods, especially if they provide nourishment. Provide small, frequent meals, even if she only eats a small amount. Hi protein drinks are good. Hi cal, hi protein foods, such as ice cream or pudding are useful.
Avoid large amounts of water and/or medications at meal time.
The Alzheimer’s website offers a weekly e-newsletter, that you might find helpful.
I hope that this answer will help give you some ideas for helping your mom.
I wish you luck in helping her obtain nourishment and rest.