Ever wonder why when someone you love gets older, they often say things that are strange, out of character, or just hurtful?
According to the research, caregivers often find emotional, verbal, or physical expression of an elderly father or mother to be completely out of character or shocking. It seems like your loved one has become a totally different individual.
Some behaviorists argue that a change in behavior is only due to a reflection of buried feelings and emotions. They say that dementia in elderly patients doesn’t allow them to filter politically and lets the flood gates open to reveal their dark or negative side.
What are common behavioral changes?
Issuing insults or profanity
Accusing family members of stealing lost items
Unusual walking patterns
Loss of interest
Anxiety and depression
Misunderstanding what he or she hears or sees
How to manage behavioral changes in individualized care
Most caregivers can tell you that Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias affect more than just memory loss. However, caregivers must realize that changes in behaviors are linked to the breakdown of brain cells resulting from dementia in elderly patients. It’s not their conscious decision to behave in such an awkward manner.
To manage behavioral changes, you must realize that your loved one cannot control their behavior. T