How To Help Our Loved Ones With Hallucinations And Delusions

Wife helping husband with Alzheimer's hallucinations

  What are hallucinations and delusions The first thing to remember, hallucinations are usually false perceptions regarding taste, smell and fears that do not exist. This typically occurs in elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Trending on the same path, delusions are a kind of false understanding about what is going … Read more

How To Talk To Your Loved One With Memory Loss

      What is memory loss Memory loss is unusual forgetfulness. You may not be able to remember new events, recall one or more memories of the past, or both. The memory loss may be for a short time and then resolve. Or, it may not go away, and, depending on the cause, it … Read more

How To Help And Deal With Sundowning

      My experience I have cared for many Alzheimer’s and Dementia loved ones with Sundowning.  It never ceases to amaze me, when the sun goes down and nighttime approaches so do the symptoms.  I have had loved ones come down with fever for no reason, fear, more confusion than normal, claustrophobic feeling and more. … Read more

How To Understand The Different Stages Of Alzheimer’s

      Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder that gradually progresses over time. It is a type of senile dementia, that interferes with the cognitive functioning of our loved ones making life miserable for them. I have cared for hundreds of Alzheimer’s patients and every case is different.  The main thing to … Read more

How Caregivers Handle Different Behaviors in Alzheimer’s Patients

Daughter with mother|How Caregivers Handle Different Behaviors in Alzheimer's Patients

 

How to handle different behaviors in Alzheimer’s patients

The first thing to remember, Alzheimer’s disease can become a serious problem for caregivers, especially when it comes to difficult and unpredictable behavior. Also, a disease of this kind causes a progressive cognitive decline. As a result, this decline can cause sudden behavioral changes in patients with the disease. Furthermore, severe and unpredictable behaviors can force caregivers to get outside help from home health agencies. Preparation and understanding of such behavioral changes can help the caregivers take care of the elderly in a much better way.

Common behavior patterns of Alzheimer’s patients:

  • Anger outbursts: Alzheimer sufferers may suddenly exhibit anger and physical aggression. This is one of the most common behaviors of such patients. Caregivers must understand that the behavior is not intentional and is happening only because of the disease.
  • Depression and apathy: Many times, Alzheimer patients often lose interest in life and begin feeling listless. They seem to stay depressed more often and exhibit their loss of interest through crying or staying quiet.
  • Insults and complaints: This is one of the most hurtful behaviors exhibited by patients suffering from Alzheimer.  Many times patients are locked up in rooms, and this is done for their safety, but they don’t realize why this is being done and therefore react in a very insulting manner.  They may also accuse their caretakers and also their own family members of not taking proper care of them.
  • Wandering: This is yet another serious symptom of Alzheimer patients, due to which leaving them alone at home, can be a frightening idea. The patients often wander in search of someone, or thing they have just imagined.  It may also happen that they need to use the toilet and have forgotten the path to it.  Such factors often compel the patients to wander aimlessly.
  • Repetition: Alzheimer’s disease robs one of their brain cells, which was once responsible for memory and thinking. Over a period of time, damaged brain cells cause the patients keep repeating things over and over again; it can be repetitive actions, word repetition, or even repetition of one particular activity.

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