Was touring an assited living place with my Mom. We were explaining my Dads dementia behavior to the facility director and she made a point about a difference she sees between Alz and dementia. In a nutshell, she stated that often people with non Alz dementia can become angry and hard to deal with because they realize they are losing their abilities and it's very scary and confusing to them, whereas Alz people think everything is just fine and don't realize that have lost the ability to reason. This describes my Dad very well. He refuses to be tested but his doc says he has all the classic signs of Alz.
So, does this sound familiar to anyone? Dad is not angry, has Zero short term memory and cannot reason with obvious problems with Moms health or how dilapidated the house is. He'll spend hours on fixit projects usually just making a mess of things. I just spent a week with them and he drives me nuts refusing to do anything that makes the slightest sense.
I know better than to argue with him or correct him very much. If he gets mad at me he usually forgets all about it in a couple of minutes. I've disabled or removed all the power tools but he still putzes around with hopeless projects in the garage.
I know that you use the same techniques with all kinds of dementia, divertion, theraputic fibs etc, but Alz can be different as it progresses, eventually causing death.
So back to my question, is the AL women correct about the differences between Alz and dementia or is this just anecdotal observation?