Our 5-part blog series on managing challenging behaviors concludes with a behavior that affects at least 60% of all people living with dementia: wandering. Someone with Alzheimer's or a related dementia may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering and getting lost is common among people with dementia and can happen during any stage of the disease. Although wandering can be dangerous for people with dementia, there are strategies and tactics to help mitigate this behavior.
Our 5-part blog series on managing challenging behaviors continues with another distressing habitude: suspicion. A person with Alzheimer's may become suspicious of those around them, even accusing others of theft, infidelity or other unacceptable behaviors. While accusations can be hurtful, we must always try to remember that the disease is causing these behaviors and to not take offense.
As noted in our previous blog posts on managing challenging behaviors, the main underlying cause of symptoms like aggression, anxiety and confusion is the progressive damage to brain cells caused by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Certain situations — such as a change in living arrangements, switch in routine or certain infections — can cause symptoms to worsen.