Dementia patients often experience changes in their behavior. Families and caregivers could feel a great deal of stress as a result. When someone who was formerly kind and caring suddenly acts strangely or violently, it may be quite unsettling. Behavioral changes as one of the signs of dementia are discussed in greater detail below.
About Behavioral Changes
A person’s conduct might change for a variety of causes. Dementia affects a person’s memory, emotions, and behavior as a consequence of changes that occur in the brain. The conduct may sometimes be connected to these mental changes. In other cases, the conduct could be brought on by changes in the person’s surroundings, health, or medicine. Perhaps the individual is physically unwell or an activity, like taking a bath, is too onerous. People are affected by dementia in many ways. Knowing why someone is acting a certain way may give you some insight into how to deal.
Some dementia sufferers overreact to a little setback or criticism. They may yell, shout, level unjustified charges, show extreme agitation or stubbornness, or exhibit improper sobbing or laughing as well as other behaviors. A catastrophic response is a disease-related propensity for overreacting. Sometimes the first sign of dementia is a devastating response. It could be a short-lived phase that goes away as the disease becomes worse, or it might last for a while.
Family members and caregivers may get alarmed by this behavior since it might arise quite suddenly. However, attempting to identify the causes of disastrous conduct sometimes results in its avoidance. Keeping a journal might help you pinpoint the conditions that lead to them. If this isn’t feasible, you may use some of the previously mentioned advice to come up with fast and efficient solutions to deal with the behavior.
People who have dementia often seem eager to gather items for safekeeping and to look for things they think are missing.
People who have dementia may repeatedly express or ask the same questions. Additionally, they could grow too attached to you and follow you everywhere, even to the bathroom. These actions may be quite distressing and grating.
People with dementia often wander, which may be quite distressing for those worried about their safety and welfare. The individual may be unable to recall or explain why they strayed due to their poor memory and deteriorating communication skills.
Create a plan of action for when a person with dementia wanders, including documenting what they were wearing and getting in touch with the police and neighbors.
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