Elderly Behavior Change

  • Caregiver Tip: Companion Cards for Coping With Dementia Behaviors in Public

    Memory problems and dementia-related behavior changes can get you into some sticky situations. As a caregiver, I’ve discovered a simple solution for making outings less stressful and more successful: “dementia companion cards.”

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  • Behavior Change as a Sign of Frontotemporal Dementia

    When you think about the telltale signs of dementia, memory loss is often top of mind. But marked behavior change in a senior may be a dangerous sign of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) that has nothing to do with memory.

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  • What to Do When a Senior Repeats the Same Things Over and Over

    One sign of the aging brain is repeating stories and questions more often. While there is no quick fix, a change in attitude and some proven strategies can help you keep your cool and preserve your loved one’s dignity.

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  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia

    The signs and symptoms of dementia vary, but memory loss, behavior change, and increased confusion are common indicators of increasing cognitive difficulties. Look for these red flags to determine if a loved one should seek a comprehensive medical exam.

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  • Dealing with an Elderly Parent’s Bad Behavior

    Caregivers often deal with unusual, unruly and difficult behaviors from their aging parents. We’ve compiled 10 “bad” behaviors that elders exhibit, and offer tips for coping with them.

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  • Anosognosia Top Tips: Adapting Daily Activities

    A senior diagnosed with Alzheimer's and anosognosia does not realize that they are impaired and may react angrily at a caregiver's attempts to assist with daily activities. Get advice and tips from the experience of other caregivers.

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  • What Causes Seniors with Dementia to Wander?

    We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for understanding why dementia patients wander and strategies to combat this dangerous dementia behavior.

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  • Anosognosia: When Dementia Patients Can’t Recognize Their Impairment

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia often insist there’s nothing wrong with them or act as if they are unaware of their cognitive impairment. Their behavior may appear to be rooted in denial, but it’s far more complicated.

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  • Sundown Syndrome Can Worsen During Fall and Winter Months

    Sundowning can happen with dementia patients year-round, but during autumn and winter, the effects can be magnified due to shorter, darker days. Be aware of the causes of and treatments for this dementia-related behavior.

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  • Aging and Memory Problems: Benign or Serious?

    Ever have trouble recalling a word or a name? The question is: when is memory loss part of the normal aging process, and when is it a sign of a more progressive problem?

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  • Memory Care: The Greatest Gift We Could Give Mom

    The progression of Mom’s Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years had been pretty much textbook, but nothing could have prepared us for the decision to place her in a specialized dementia care facility.

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  • Dementia: Witnessing Cognitive Decline

    What a terrible condition dementia is. It takes the brain of a bright, loving, proud, communicative individual and turns it into a fog of progressive cognitive decline.

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  • Elderly Temper Tantrums: What's Behind the Outburst?

    We tend to think of temper tantrums as only pertaining to small children or teens, but even the elderly act out at times. Learn what's behind these angry outbursts and how to best handle them without losing your own temper.

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  • Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

    It is normal for seniors to frequently doze off throughout the day to compensate for poor sleep at night. However, if your aging loved one spends most of their time sleeping instead of engaging in life, it could point to a more serious underlying problem.

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  • 10 Tips For Talking to Someone with Alzheimer’s

    The mental changes that accompany Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia can dramatically alter a person's capacity for communication. Here are ten tips to for talking with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • UTIs Cause Unusual Behavioral Symptoms in Elders

    Seniors with urinary tract infections may not exhibit classic physical symptoms. Instead, confusion and mental and behavior changes can be the tell-tale signs of a UTI.

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  • Grandpa is Scary: How Kids Cope with Alzheimer's in Grandparents

    Having a grandparent with Alzheimer's can be scary and confusing for children. Here's how to help them understand a grandparent's behavior and personality changes associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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  • Medical Tests Used to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

    There are several diagnostic tools that doctors use to test for Alzheimer’s disease. If a senior is experiencing unusual memory problems, confusion or changes in behavior, it is important to make an appointment with their physician as soon as possible.

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  • How to Handle Alzheimer’s Aggression

    One of the biggest challenges for dementia caregivers is dealing with anger and aggression. Understanding how and why these behaviors occur can help you defuse them.

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