Dementia Behaviors

As dementia progresses, behaviors change in response to increased confusion, paranoia, anger, and agitation. Behaviors may include sleeplessness, wandering, repetitive actions, and verbal or physical aggression.

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  • Shadowing and repeating questions are troubling behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Caregivers often are annoyed with these behaviors and try to correct them, but it is important to remember that it's not that simple.

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  • People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” can be the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.

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  • Caregivers may mistake dementia behavior for manipulation. But people with dementia aren't able to think through the process of manipulation.

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  • Memory loss is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up stories and false accusations. The latter symptom is upsetting for caregivers, who are often the targets of these behaviors.

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