From an outside view, dementia and Alzheimer’s present as someone who is confused at times and often repeats themselves. Some memory care patients, especially in the beginning, can even “fake it” through shorter conversations with someone they no longer recognize in a way that is virtually unnoticeable to the person on the other end of the discussion. For the primary caregiver, the person who sees the toll these diseases take on their loved one, and often the person who receives the brunt of the negative behaviors associated with these diseases, it rears a much uglier head.
The truth is, both of these diseases have a series of behaviors that come with them that extend much further than memory loss. We have identified some of the most common of these behaviors and included strategies for dealing with these situations and avoiding them all together.Read More