January 28, 2014

Tips on Personality & Behavior Changes in Alzheimer's

Senior with caregiver In dementias such as Alzheimer's, the brain loses a number of abilities. This can change a person's personality and behavior. Use this tip sheet's suggestions to better understand them.



Common Changes in Personality and Behavior

Common personality and behavior changes you may see include:
  • Getting upset, worried, and angry more easily
  • Acting depressed or not interested in things
  • Hiding things or believing other people are hiding things
  • Imagining things that aren't there
  • Wandering away from home
  • Pacing a lot
  • Showing unusual sexual behavior
  • Hitting you or other people
  • Misunderstanding what he or she sees or hears
You also may notice that the person stops caring about how he or she looks, stops bathing, and wants to wear the same clothes every day.
In addition to changes in the brain, other things may affect how people with
Alzheimer's behave:
  • Feelings such as sadness, fear, stress, confusion, or anxiety
  • Health-related problems, including illness, pain, new medications, or lack of sleep
  • Other physical issues like infections, constipation, hunger or thirst, or problems seeing or hearing
  • Problems in their surroundings, like too much noise or being in an unfamiliar place
If you don't know what is causing the problem, call the doctor. It could be caused by a physical or medical issue.

Keep Things Simple…and Other Tips

Caregivers cannot stop Alzheimer's-related changes in personality and behavior, but they can learn to cope with them. Here are some tips:
  • Keep things simple. Ask or say one thing at a time.
  • Have a daily routine, so the person knows when certain things will happen.
  • Reassure the person that he or she is safe and you are there to help.
  • Focus on his or her feelings rather than words. For example, say, "You seem worried."
  • Don't argue or try to reason with the person.
  • Try not to show your frustration or anger. If you get upset, take deep breaths and count to 10. If it's safe,
  • leave the room for a few minutes.
  • Use humor when you can.
  • Give people who pace a lot a safe place to walk.
  • Try using music, singing, or dancing to distract the person.
  • Ask for help. For instance, say, "Let's set the table" or "I need help folding the clothes."
Talk with the person's doctor about problems like hitting, biting, depression, or hallucinations. Medications are available to treat some behavioral symptoms.
MORE INFORMATION:
For more caregiving tips and other resources: SOURCE:
The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. The Center offers information and publications for families, caregivers, and professionals about Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive changes.

3 comments :

  1. Hello Peter,

    I have an article for you that I think may be a good fit for alzheimersweekly.com based on your previous article on "Tips On Personality & Behaviour Changes in Alzheimer's". This article was a really good read as it helps readers to understand what changes they may have to expect in their loved ones affected by the diseases. Maybe it also helps them to realise that it's not the fault of the person suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's. However, the best bit is definitely the tips you're providing. I think they are great tips such as trying to keep a daily routine but especially the point about using humour whenever possible. My grandmother had towards her end dementia and my grandfather did take it with humour whenever she couldn't remember him - the old version - and only talked about the good looking, handsome young him. I guess it was in some ways a compliment for him too.

    I have an article on Alzheimer's that would really fit your site and this article too. Please contact me at ihunkeler@blueglass.co.uk to discuss this matter further. I'd greatly appreciate it!

    Warm regards,
    Irma

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