Dementia is a progressive disease. As time goes on, the brain’s functionality decreases resulting in a decrease of a multitude of other bodily functions (physical and mental). One of the most challenging aspects to handle is the changes in behavior. In this articles we’ll discuss some strategies for managing those dementia behavior changes.
Strategies For Managing Dementia Behavior Changes
There is no right way to deal with changes in behavior. The changes and needs of a person can vary depending on many different factors. Below are listed some general tips for dealing with behavior change.
- Help them stay in touch with loved ones- facetime, write letters, call, text, etc.
- Encourage the person to do things they enjoy or find useful- hobbies are always a great outlet.
- Make changes to their environment if necessary.
- Be aware of the person’s beliefs and thoughts and try not to argue with them
- Ask the person’s doctor to check for any possible physical causes, including pain, and advise on any treatments.
- Try to remember that the person is not behaving this way on purpose. Try not to take it personally.
- Even though a person with dementia may have problems with their memory, they still feel and respond to emotions.
- Offer the person gentle reassurance. If you need to, try stepping away from the situation to give you both time to calm down.
- Try not to show feelings of frustration as it may make things worse.
Changes in behavior can be very difficult for you. They may make you feel frustrated or distressed and affect your relationship with the person you’re caring for. You may also worry that people are judging you or expecting too much of you, or that they don’t understand the challenges you face.
Orchard at Athens helps our residents and their families manage changes in behavior. Our highly effective staff is flexible and willing to work individuals for what they need. Please contact us today to learn more about our community and how we can help you or your loved one.