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Alzheimer's and dementia often cause difficult behavioral changes that can easily become dangerous for both patients and their caregivers. Notifying the local police and EMS of your loved one's condition can help them better handle potential emergencies.

Although elderly and disabled care recipients are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, family caregivers can also be targets of verbal and physical mistreatment. What can a caregiver do when they are being victimized by their patient?

It's difficult for me to accept the personality changes that I may experience as my disease progresses. I'm worried about the future of my relationships, but addressing the issue head on is my best bet for gaining ongoing support.

Cognitive decline can cause a number of different emotional and behavioral issues that are especially challenging for caregivers. Sometimes the best option for reducing a patient's anxiety, depression, or combativeness is medication.

In the chaos of the decision to place a family member in a nursing home, there's one factor that caregivers may overlook: nursing home residents can be bullies, too.

As with the ability to drive a car, the time may come for many elders when owning a firearm is no longer safe. Their families then face an emotional and sometimes risky decision regarding how and when to remove this hazard.

Adult day care staff members are trained to handle dementia behaviors, including: anxiety, hallucinations, wandering and aggression.

It’s impossible to anticipate how a senior may interact with other residents and staff in settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but staff should be prepared to handle difficult interpersonal issues and defuse tensions.

Seniors with urinary tract infections usually don't exhibit the textbook symptoms that younger people do. Instead, confusion and sudden changes in behavior are the tell-tale signs of a UTI.

One of the biggest challenges for people who are taking care of a spouse or elderly parent with dementia is dealing with outbursts of agitation and aggression. Understanding how and why these fits occur can help you diffuse them quickly and efficiently. Redirecting their attention and prescription medications for managing anxiety can be especially useful as well.

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.

Profane or otherwise undesirable thoughts and behaviors often come to the surface because dementia destroys the social filters which previously controlled our parents in public.