Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW
Co-founder and Executive Director, The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation
Dr. James Huysman, PsyD, LCSW, CAP, CFT is an authority on caregiver burnout, compassion and addictions. He blogs for Psychology Today, and is on the NASW committee aimed at establishing national standardization of caregiving. With a practice in South Florida, he runs wellness workshops for professionals and family caregivers.
If your elderly mother is showing signs of dementia, getting her doctor involved is the best way to tell an elderly parent they have dementia.
Yelling profanities is a behavior associated with Alzheimer's disease, but it does not mean your elderly father has Tourettes.
Alzheimer's patients sometimes "forget" how to do automatic actions such as chewing, swallowing or eating as somewhat automatic actions become uncoordinated and ineffective.
Dementia-related behaviors like delusions and hallucinations can be difficult for caregivers to accept and manage. While some fluctuations in lucidity are normal, abrupt changes in a loved one’s mental status can be a red flag.
If your parent is following you around the house all day, the dementia could be progressing, or they need more social interaction with other people.