Resources in the Behavior Basics category

Agitation

Living With Alzheimer's >> Behavior Basics | 04.28.15

Agitation: calming down an excitable situation Becoming agitated or restless are common symptoms of people with dementia. This can be due to external factors, such as loud noises or crowded environments. Or the causes may be physical or emotional, such as hunger or boredom. When a loved one becomes agitated, try to remain calm and…

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Wandering

Living With Alzheimer's >> Behavior Basics | 04.24.15

Wandering: when a stroll becomes dangerous Walking is among the abilities that people with dementia usually retain long after other skills have been lost. Going for a walk is good exercise and stimulating to the senses. However as the dementia progresses, the person’s ability to assess their surroundings begins to fail, and this can lead…

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Shadowing

Living With Alzheimer's >> Behavior Basics | 04.24.15

Shadowing: the fear of being left alone Some caregivers find themselves being constantly “shadowed” by a person with dementia. Like a small child afraid to let his parent out of sight, the person will follow their caregiver constantly, sometimes even refusing to let go of their hand. For caregivers seeking any degree of normalcy, solitude…

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Sundowning

Living With Alzheimer's >> Behavior Basics | 04.24.15

Sundowning: the tendency toward late evening confusion As the evening hour approaches, as many as 20% of people with Alzheimer’s tend to experience restlessness, confusion, anxiety and other disorienting symptoms. This condition is called sundowning, and it can make late afternoon and evening an especially trying time for caregivers. Why is this happening? The precise…

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Sleep

Living With Alzheimer's >> Behavior Basics | 04.24.15

Sleep disturbances: when resting at night becomes erratic The normal patterns of sleep — awake during the daytime and retiring after dark — can become disrupted for people with dementia. This usually occurs because the person is only alert for relatively short periods of time during the day, and then alternates those times with short…

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