Dementia Behaviors in the Elderly
Dementia behaviors often seen in elderly could include paranoia, delusions, aggression, or hallucinations. These behaviors are extremely hard on the caregiver, who never knows what behaviors to expect from their elderly parent. How should a caregiver handle dementia behaviors in their elderly parent? This section provides some valuable information on dementia and the behaviors associated with it.
Articles About Dementia Behaviors
- We Learn to Accept or Ignore the Things Our Patients Say and Do
A dementia patient's idiosyncrasies can be rather puzzling. As caregivers, we must learn to go with the flow and pick our battles carefully.
- Maybe It's Not Dementia After All
After my father fell, his dementia seemed to progress rapidly. I learned firsthand that delirium can be a puzzling side effect of hospitalization in people of all ages.
- Switching Roles: Coping with Parenting Your Rebellious Aging Parent
After decades of respecting Mom and Dad, it isn’t easy to wrap your head around the idea of parenting your parent. Use these coping strategies to get you through trying times as you and your loved one accept your new roles.
- How to Make a Hospital Stay Easier for Someone with Dementia
You can make a hospital stay for someone with dementia easier. There are 8 things a caregiver can do to help make a stint in the hospital easier for their dementia-stricken loved one.
- Broken Record: What to Say When Dementia Causes Them to Repeat
Dementia expert, Teepa Snow, shares techniques for responding to commonly repeated phrases and minimizing the frustration that families often experience when dealing with this symptom.
- Can my parent be asked to leave assisted living because of bad behavior?
Assisted living facilities can ask residents to leave or evict them if they could cause harm to themselves or others.
- Things People With Dementia Say: Common Phrases and How to Reply
Communicating with someone who has Alzheimer's disease or some other form of dementia can be exceedingly difficult. The confusion and memory loss caused by dementia can cause elders with dementia to say things they normally wouldn't.
- A Maddening Day With Charlie
Sometimes it's a struggle to keep my composure with Charlie. I'm sure these behaviors will be familiar to any dementia caregiver.
- Dementia and the Thermostat
Last night, after I went to bed, Charlie's dementia convinced him to turn down the thermostat, even though I told him not to.
- The Stress-Management Strategy Dementia Caregivers Should Adopt
What if there was something you could do to simultaneously reduce your stress and slow down the mental decline of your loved one with dementia?
- The Type of Alzheimer's You (and Your Doctor) May Not Know About
New research claims hundreds of thousands of Americans could be affected by a specific type of Alzheimer's that most doctors and patients don't know about.
- Charlie’s New Habit
Charlie has resumed one of the unhealthy habits he first picked up during his days as a fighter pilot.
- Can You Love Someone When You Hate Their Dementia?
Dementia is so devastating and divisive that it can be hard to maintain a loving attitude towards a family member with the disease. Discover how to reconnect with a loved one.
- Addressing Alzheimers' Elephant in the Room
The increased focus on Alzheimer's research is promising, but the efforts have all but ignored one of the most devastating features of this disease: the behavioral symptoms of dementia.
- Why People with Dementia Refuse to Do Things
Caregivers often wonder why a person with dementia will refuse to do certain things. Based on a recent experience with my own cognitive impairment, I believe I know why this happens.
- I Want to Go Home!
When life's challenges became so very hard, as they inevitably do, I would sometimes think, I want my mother. I want to go home.
- One of Those Days with Alzheimer's
Whenever I do something dumb, it's easy to blame it on my Alzheimer's disease.
- The Dangerous Dementia Symptom That Isn't Memory Loss
When you think about the telltale signs of dementia, memory loss is often top of mind. But new research sheds light on the dangerous dementia symptom that has nothing to do with memory.
- C’est La Vie with Charlie
A personal story about the struggles of adjusting to the changes in daily life while caring for a loved one with dementia.
- Sundowning with Dad
My father recently began to display signs of Sundowners Syndrome. Here's how mom and I handle sundowning with dad.
- Dementia and Selective Memory
The selective memory of those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's disease can be baffling for caregivers. Here's how I cope with Charlie's memory slips.
- New Year, New Rollercoaster
My symptoms are becoming increasingly worse, and their unpredictability is causing me to question my ability to handle everyday tasks.
- Dementia Makes Even Simple Decisions Difficult for Caregivers
Charlie has developed serious dental problems, so now I have to decide which treatment he should get. Do I go for the costly surgery that lasts longer or the more affordable option that could break down in a few years?
- It’s Like Caring for a 4-Year-Old
Charlie's mental abilities are deteriorating before my eyes and it's getting harder to cope with his decline. Some days I'm just thankful that he can still feed himself.
- Dementia Behavior Can Seem Like Manipulation
Caregivers may mistake dementia behavior for manipulation. But people with dementia aren't able to think through the process of manipulation.
- How to Handle Dementia Outbursts
Dementia is a disease that affects the patient's entire family and circle of friends. At some point, during a visit or as a caregiver, there will be an outburst that seems to come from nowhere. The immediate resistance or confusion it can cause can be overwhelming, and the proper reaction is critical to prevent the situation from escalating. This aggressive and inappropriate behavior usually stems from the patient's inability to express and communicate common needs.
- Dementia Fixations and White Lies
Handling Charlie's dementia-induced obsessions sometimes forces me to lie in order to keep him calm.
- Charlie's Brain and His Teeth
Charlie's latest dementia-fueled obsession: his dental health. He's always asking me to make appointments with the dentist, even though he doesn't need to go.
- Talking with a Dementia Patient Can be Frustrating
Sometimes I get so frustrated trying to talk with Charlie that I end up ignoring him and reading a book. I don't want to hurt him, but there comes a point when I just can't take it anymore.
- Am I Falling Down The Dementia Crevasse?
I have always said that the thing I fear the most is losing my mind. So every move I make, every false step, every outspoken word sets me on edge, giving me pause.
- Charlie’s Mission is to Make Me Grumpy—And He Does a Good Job
I have to wonder how much longer I am going to keep my sanity while caring for my husband, Charlie. At least he hasn't lost his sense of humor—yet.
- Validation Therapy for Dementia: Calming or Condescending?
People with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Through validation of our loved one's reality, "therapeutic fibbing" is very often the most kind, respectful response we can provide.
- As the Brain Goes—So Goes the Heart
I was trying to cope with all of the horrible things that had happened and Charlie’s lack of compassion wasn’t helping. I am starting to suspect he is losing his empathy along with his mind.
- You Never Know What a Dementia Patient Will Do Next
You never know what a dementia patient is going to come up with. Charlie's latest habit is as perplexing as it is frustrating.
- UTIs, Dementia and Delirium: Impact and Treatment Options
Urinary tract infection and dementia: Learn how UTIs affect elderly people with dementia, along with treatment options to minimize recurrence.
- Outrageous Things People With Dementia Say and How to Respond
One side effect of dementia is inappropriate comments. Here are 3 outrageous things people with dementia say and how to respond.
- Hoarding: A Challenging and Potentially Dangerous Dementia-Related Behavior
Hoarding is an extreme “collecting” behavior seen in some people who have Alzheimer's disease and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Fortunately, there are some strategies that caregivers and family members can use to help manage these behaviors.
- Both of my parents have dementia. How can I handle their outbursts?
When both elderly parents have dementia it's a very difficult situation. Seek your doctor's advice to find out about new medication that might control their agitation and verbally abusive behavior.