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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  • How to Deal With Aging Parents’ Difficult Behaviors

    Whether you are dealing with an angry, hostile elder or seeking answers on how to deal with irrational aging parents, we’ve compiled 10 difficult behaviors that elders exhibit and tips for coping with each of them.

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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 a common symptom of dementia that prevents a senior from acknowledging their diagnosis and cognitive impairment.

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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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  • Memory Care: The Greatest Gift We Could Give Mom

    The progression of her Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years had been pretty much textbook. Still, nothing could have prepared us for the process of putting mom 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?

    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?

    Many seniors 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 indicate 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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  • 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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  • Early Signs of Dementia: When To Be Concerned

    The early stage of dementia is often difficult to detect since symptoms and age of onset can vary. Keep an eye out for these warning signs.

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  • Dementia and Anger: Causes, Tips, and Prevention

    Cognitive changes are a leading cause of dementia anger and aggression. Learn more about causes, coping strategies, and prevention here.

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  • How to Cope With a Senior’s Complaining and Negativity

    Dealing with negative elderly parents is tough. Some are chronic complainers, but there can be valid reasons for these difficult moods. Explore causes of complaining and negativity and identify when these behaviors are a red flag.

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  • What to Do If You Suspect Someone Has Dementia

    Learn what red flags to look for and advice on what to do if you think your parent has dementia.

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  • How to Determine a Senior Needs Help at Home

    Admitting the need for assistance is not easy for people as they age. So, how will you know when your aging parent needs help at home? One thing is certain: Mom and Dad aren’t likely to be the ones who tell you!

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