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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 10/28/14


My father is 90 with Alzheimer's disease. I know a lot of you are dealing with this. The problem Iím having right now is that every night around one a.m., my father thinks he is on a boat and wants to pack all his clothes and evacuate. He doesn't want to sleep and doesn't believe me when I tell him he is at home. Can anyone give me a tip or two on how to deal with this, please?



Shared by: Amy

I don't know whether this would work in your circumstances, but one thing that helped in my mother's case was to assure her that the person in charge (for your case, the boat's captain) had things under control for now. There would be time enough to pack in the morning, so we should rest up now to be able to get home safely tomorrow.

Shared by: Cheryl Smith
Riverdale, GA

How long has he been doing this. Has it been less than a month. Maybe show him some photo of the family. Normally they have long term memory. Maybe that will help. Put an alarm on the door and make sure he doesn't go out. I hope that helps a little.

Shared by: Sheila
Juliet, IL

I would suggest medication to make him sleep through the night.


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