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She may be unable to understand what others are trying to do, so she gets frightened. Obviously, you can't do this all yourself. I'd ask the doctor to re-evaluate her to make sure her meds are okay, or see if there is something that can help anxiety.

Also, I'm assuming others are trained caregivers? If not, there could be something in their approach that puts her guard up. Voice and body language can make a huge difference. If these are family members, some training from the Alzheimer's Association could help.
Carol
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Carol - you are on target. After posting this - I tried a little different approach. We always tell her what we are doing - getting her up etc - but this time we went into detail about who was going to be doing what - especially any approach from behind - and it worked very well. My husband and my cousin are the ones helping me to get her up. And it was so funny to see 2 grown men afraid of a little 89 year old woman! As long as she knows exactly what is going on she is quite happy with it all. Actually laughing and smiling.
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Glad you got a smile! Laughter is the best medicine!
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