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alz/sleep apnea
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 5:13 AM
Joined: 11/26/2017
Posts: 10

I am a caregiver for a lovely lady in late stage ALZ, she has developed sleep apnea. This has us extremely worried and am having a hard time finding any information on how to deal with this new setback, I would appreciate any advice.
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 7:22 AM
Joined: 3/6/2017
Posts: 2164

I could see where the introduction of a C-pap machine could be difficult in the later stages of the disease. I could even see where central sleep apnea vs obstructive could even be a result of the disease process. Do you know if she has central sleep apnea or obstructive? The risks/benefits to a patient in the latter stages of the disease would be worth discussing with her sleep specialist and neurologist. 

Dad had central sleep apnea (and COPD) and used a C-pap (with an O2 concentrator) successfully for 20+ years although he had trouble with compliance (he'd take it off to go to the bathroom, or it would twist off or he'd doze off without it) as he entered the latter part of stage 6 even with caregivers managing the device. Because he napped a lot toward the end, even with less than a full night with it, he made 8 or more hours with naps.
Stephanie Z
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 8:38 AM
Joined: 12/15/2011
Posts: 4218

If keeping the CPAP on her becomes an issue, ask the doctor if just using oxygen would help.

Stephanie Z

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:08 AM
Joined: 5/22/2019
Posts: 39

There is a nasal mask which attaches to the nose with adhesives.  The mask when put on properly won't leak and won't fall off at night.  

Link to a review of the product: 


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