Dementia Behaviors

  • An Inside Take on Dementia Behaviors

    A dementia patient’s perspective on shadowing, repeating questions and dealing with other troubling behaviors associated with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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  • Dementia Caregiving Tips from Teepa Snow

    Five dementia caregiving tips from Teepa Snow, acclaimed dementia care authority and occupational therapist known as “the horse whisperer of dementia.”

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  • Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?

    Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Using “therapeutic fibbing” to validate their perceptions and feelings is the kindest, most respectful way to handle confusion, hallucinations and delusions.

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  • Dementia Behavior Can Seem Like Manipulation

    When a parent with dementia begins acting childlike or deceitful, it is sometimes assumed they are being manipulative because their behavior is just so outrageous. The fact is that most seniors with dementia aren't capable of truly manipulative behavior.

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  • Confabulation in Dementia Can Feel Like Hurtful Lies

    Memory loss is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, but neurological damage can also cause patients to make up hurtful stories and level false accusations toward their caregivers.

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  • When a Loved One with Alzheimer's Doesn't Recognize You

    Watching an aging parent or spouse progress through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease can be a heartbreaking experience. The loss of cognitive abilities becomes especially painful when mom or dad no longer recognizes their own family.

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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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  • Dementia Wandering: Professional Caregivers and Memory Care Facilities Can Help

    Sixty percent of people with dementia will wander. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for recognizing when outside help is needed to keep a wandering senior safe.

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  • Anosognosia Top Tips: Learning to Deal with the Confusion

    Coping with a senior who doesn't understand their dementia diagnosis is challenging. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best advice for dealing with confusion and frustration when providing care for a loved one with dementia.

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  • Anosognosia Tips: How to Handle Varying Levels of Awareness

    Self-awareness can fluctuate with a dementia diagnosis. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for handling anosognosia- a dementia patient’s fluctuating levels of awareness of their condition.

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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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  • 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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  • Daylight Saving Time Can Trigger Sundowning Behaviors

    For those living with dementia, seasonal changes can bring added emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties. Changes in daylight, meal times, and sleep schedules that come with changing the clocks compound the effect of sundowning syndrome.

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  • Evaluating Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.

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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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  • Devising a Daily Care Routine for Coping with Sundowning

    Sundowning, also known as late day confusion, causes an increase in challenging behaviors in the early evening hours. Read experienced dementia caregivers’ tips and advice for devising a routine that minimizes sundowning behaviors.

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  • Capgras Syndrome: How to Cope with a Loved One's Delusions

    Capgras is a delusional misidentification syndrome that can complicate a dementia patient’s quality of life and their family members’ efforts to care for them. Learn the best ways to handle delusions and foster positive interactions with your loved one.

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  • Anosognosia and Caregiving: Suffering from a Lack of Insight

    Commonly patients with Alzheimer's cannot acknowledge their cognitive impairment. This phenomenon, called anosognosia, makes it very challenging for caregivers to provide the treatment and care they require.

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  • Getting a Loved One to Wear Their Hearing Aid

    Charlie just got a hearing aid, which he desperately needed, but I can't convince him to wear it.

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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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