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Hi and thanks for the query.
These symptoms are often seen in dementia and also depression. These are unlikely to be directly due to the fracture of the arm. Change of residence, confinement to the bed, pain, lack of a routine or a change in routine can cause all these symptoms to aggravate in the elderly.
However, before we consider inorganic conditions like dementia, depression etc. I suggest you take him to his doctor and have him evaluated completely. Electrolyte imbalance, neurological examination and sleep patterns should be evaluated to rule out any organic conditions that might be the cause.
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Electrolytes are essential in the body for its function, namely, sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium and calcium. In routine or baseline blood work, their levels are included. Electrolyte balance is essential for normal function. Organic conditions are those which are not psychological, for example, ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attacks etc.
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Yes, it is possible that the dementia was already there but the recent change in routine, sleep and place of stay has accelerated the progression of the disease.
Indeed, that is a possibility, but all this is just speculation until the evaluation is completed.
I can not speculate over the internet. Definitely, dementia must be kept in the differentials. Sleepiness is a symptom seen in dementia, having said that, it can also be seen in many other conditions that mimic dementia.
The best course of action will be to have him keep a close follow up with his doctors and I know its difficult to wait on a diagnosis but careful evaluations do take time.
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Yes, it can be dementia but before labeling it as that I too would like to wait for the results of the labs and the doctor's final verdict, as his doctor is in the best position to diagnose the condition, s/he has had the opportunity to examine him.
You need to understand that I can not give you a diagnosis here based solely on the symptoms you mentioned, I can give you a differential, which I have in my previous posts and help you with your queries.Let me know if you have any further questions.
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Take care and wish your father the best of health. :)