Dementia Behaviors Articles

  • An Inside Take on Dementia Behaviors

    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.

  • Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • How to Minimize Wandering In a Senior With Dementia

    Wandering is complex, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for this symptom of dementia. A three-step approach can help you develop a strategy for keeping a wanderer calm and safe.

  • Hallucinations, Delusions and Paranoia Related to Dementia

    Learn the differences between these three common dementia behaviors and the best techniques for how to respond to them.

  • Communication Techniques for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers

    Dementia education expert Teepa Snow examines three communication breakdowns that seniors and caregivers often experience as well as techniques for handling them that will diffuse tension and provide reassurance.

  • The 4 Most Challenging Caregiver Situations

    Caring for aging family members throws many challenges our way. Explore strategies for helping an aging loved one with toileting, bathing, dining out, and navigating public outings as they become part of your regular care routine.

  • How to Communicate with a Senior Who Can No Longer Speak

    It is frightening to watch an aging loved one lose their ability to talk, respond or communicate in any manner, but the powers of touch and hearing can help family caregivers continue to connect with seniors who have aphasia.

  • The Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

    This staging system can help dementia caregivers understand the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects cognition, mood, behavior, activities of daily living and bodily functions.

  • An Overview of Alzheimer's Disease

    Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include memory loss, language deterioration, poor judgment, confusion, mood swings, and behavior change. Eventually Alzheimer's destroys cognition, personality, and the body's ability to function.

  • Sundowning Top Tips: Difficult Behaviors Can Happen at Any Time of Day

    The forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ insights on sundowning that occurs at other times of day, like “sunrising.”

  • Wandering Top Tips: How to Minimize Agitation and Restlessness

    The forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for keeping a dementia patient calm and engaged.

  • Behavior Changes Indicate a Senior's Medications Need a Review

    Mum hasn’t been herself lately, and it’s been weighing heavily on my mind. Perhaps something is wrong with her medication regimen, or it could be what I dread most: her Alzheimer’s disease is progressing.

  • Behavior Changes and the Progression of Dementia

    As a dementia caregiver, I see Mum fading in and out of reality, sometimes recognizing the severity of her illness and other times not even realizing something is wrong. All I can do is go through the motions with her.

  • Losing Time with Dementia

    We all lose track of time once in a while. But, for a dementia patient, time is their greatest enemy.

  • We Learn to Accept or Ignore the Things Our Patients Say and Do

    A dementia patient's idiosyncrasies can be rather puzzling. As caregivers, we must learn to go with the flow and pick our battles carefully.

  • Dementia and the Thermostat

    Last night, after I went to bed, Charlie's dementia convinced him to turn down the thermostat, even though I told him not to.

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