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Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease can involve a lot of work and worry. Following the tips below may help you spend more quality time with your loved one and cut down on worrying when you can't be with him or her.
Alzheimer's disease can cause a person to exhibit unpredictable and uncharacteristic behaviors, including mood swings, aggression, combativeness, delusions, wandering, and repetition of words. Both the person with Alzheimer's disease and his or her caregiver can become frustrated and tense. Realizing that the person is not acting this way on purpose and adjusting to the changes can help you not to become so frustrated.
Behavior changes can be caused by any of the following:
When responding to behaviors, try the following:
Staying involved in daily activities is important for a person with Alzheimer's disease. You can help your loved one remain involved for as long as he or she is able to.
When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease at home, whether in your home or in his or hers, safety and accessibility are concerns.
Norberto Alvarez, MD
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