Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affect the way seniors think and feel and subsequently how they behave. You may see behaviours from your loved ones that are uncharacteristic or even odd. Some common challenging behaviours include refusal, delusions, aggression, false-acquisitions, wandering, agitation and repetition. The behaviours that need to be managed are ones that put you or your loved one’s physical and emotional well being at risk. Watch the video.
People suffering with Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias, often experience problems with memory, thinking and the ability to perform everyday tasks. This can cause stress, depression and some bad behaviours but by keeping our loved one engaged through physical, mental and social activities, we can create positive experiences that diminish this distress and deter unwanted behaviours.
Attend our Free Family Caregiver Training: Family Caregiver Training – it is offered throughout the Home Instead Senior Care network or through a free e-learning course for anyone wanting to learn more about how to deal with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
It’s often helpful for family caregivers to know they’re not alone and that many caregivers find themselves in situations similar to others, trying to balance work and family life while also caring for an aging parent or other relative.
You should know that in Canada – family caregivers spent approximately 259 million hours caring for someone with dementia in 2010, a time commitment that will likely triple to 756 million hours by 2038. And when caring for a loved one with dementia places a considerable physical and psychological toll on family members; up to 75 percent could develop psychological illnesses; 15 to 32 percent suffer from depression.
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