Elderly Behavior Change Articles

  • A Caregiver’s Tip: Coping with Dementia Behaviors on Outings

    Memory problems and changes in behavior due to dementia can get you into some sticky situations. As a caregiver, I’ve discovered a simple solution to make outings more successful.

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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 things more often. While there is no quick fix for this trying symptom, 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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  • How to Handle an Elderly Parent's Bad Behavior

    Fellow caregivers share their advice and real-life experiences with responding to and managing an aging loved one’s personality changes and difficult behaviors.

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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

    Anosognosia is not the denial of dementia. When seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia seem unaware that they are cognitively impaired it may appear to be self-denial, but it’s actually far more complicated.

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  • Sundown Syndrome Can Worsen During Fall and Winter Months

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

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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

    Mom's progression of Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years had been pretty much textbook. But nothing would prepare us for the challenge of placing her in memory care.

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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?

    Temper tantrums aren't reserved for toddlers. Unfortunately they can occur at any time in life, even among the elderly. Learn what's behind them and what you can do about it.

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  • Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

    Seniors may frequently doze off during the day in order to compensate for lost sleep at night. This is normal, but if your loved one spends most of their time snoozing instead of engaging in life, it could point to a larger 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 usually don't exhibit the textbook symptoms that younger people do. Instead, confusion and sudden changes in behavior 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

    If a loved one is experiencing unusual memory problems or changes in behavior, what tests should be run to either confirm or rule out dementia?

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  • Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home

    Your aging parents think they can still take care of themselves, but, if you’re noticing any of these red flags, it is time to consider hiring in-home care.

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