Published on: April 29, 2018
by National Institute on Aging:
The issue: Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. This article prepared by the National Institute on Aging has suggestions that may help you understand and cope with changes in personality and behavior in a person with Alzheimer’s disease.
What should caregivers expect? Common personality and behavior changes you may see include:
Is it just the dementia? In addition to changes in the brain, other things may affect how people with Alzheimer’s behave:
Other problems: Too much noise, such as TV, radio, or many people talking at once can cause frustration and confusion. Stepping from one type of flooring to another, or the way the floor looks may make the person think he or she needs to take a step down. Mirrors may make them think that a mirror image is another person in the room. For tips on creating an Alzheimer’s-safe home, visit Home Safety and Alzheimer’s Disease.
If you don’t know what is causing the problem, call the doctor. It could be caused by a physical or medical issue. Click here for NIA’s comprehensive list of common medical problems facing people with Alzheimer’s.
What’s the best way to deal with difficult behavior? Caregivers cannot stop these changes in personality and behavior, but they can learn to cope with them. Here are some tips:
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