Alzheimer’s disease causes brain cells to die, so the brain works less well over time. This changes how a person acts. Big Hearts Home Care can help you deal with your loved one’s condition and here we provide you with suggestions on coping with Alzheimer’s disease.
Common personality and behaviour changes you may see include:
You also may notice that the person stops caring about how he or she looks, stops bathing, and wants to wear the same clothes every day.
In addition to changes in the brain, other things may affect how people with Alzheimer’s behave:
– Feelings such as sadness, fear, stress, confusion, or anxiety
– Health-related problems, including illness, pain, new medications, or lack of sleep
– Other physical issues like infections, constipation, hunger or thirst, or problems seeing or hearing
Other problems in their surroundings may affect behaviour for a person with Alzheimer’s disease. Too much noise, such as TV, radio, or many people talking at once can cause frustration and confusion. Stepping from one type of flooring to another or the way the floor looks may make the person think he or she needs to take a step down. Mirrors may make them think that a mirror image is another person in the room.
If you don’t know what is causing the problem, call the doctor. It could be caused by a physical or medical issue.
Caregivers cannot stop Alzheimer’s-related changes in personality and behaviour, but they can learn to cope with them. Here are some tips:
Talk with the person’s doctor about problems like hitting, biting, depression, or hallucinations. Medications are available to treat some behavioural symptoms.