Perhaps the greatest challenge facing caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is coping with the behavioral changes that accompany the disease. These include suspicion, depression, repetition and aggression.
Grandma is always asking where her purse is. It’s a comfort item for her. So now, we make sure her purse is on her walker at all time, it helps her relax.
Or they may suddenly lash out verbally or physically, all typical for the disease.
The first thing you must do in these situations is to remember that these are all symptoms of the disease. It’s not personal! The second is to realize that there are ways to manage or deflect these behaviors.
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