Dementia Caregivers: Understanding Behavioral Changes With Dementia & How to Respond by Bobbi Carducci
People with dementia don't have our sense of time and place and often they have gone back in time to when they were busy juggling a job and raising a family. They have things to do and we are stopping them. It is up to us, the caregivers, to figure out what their behavior is telling us, as their words cannot. Ask where he or she is going or what they need to do. Often when we know that we can figure out how to respond.
- Going to Work: Tell him or her it's the weekend or a holiday then ask about the job.
- Household Chores: Perhaps your loved one wants to clean house or do the laundry. Give her or him a simple task to do like folding towels or dusting.
- Activities: Find an activity he or she can do. Coloring, playing cards (even if they don't know the rules anymore), putting together a simple puzzle.
How would you feel if you had to sit all day doing nothing?
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