By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
Alzheimer’s disease or dementia causes a person’s behavior to change, seemingly without reason or explanation. Clearly, some behaviors – such as wandering or forgetting to turn off the stove – are not only dangerous; they could put a person’s life in danger. Other behavior problems are less life-threatening: Mom tells the same story all day. Dad compulsively loads and unloads the dishwasher. Dad shouts inappropriate comments in public.
Are behaviors such as these hurting the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia? Or is it that they are annoying and hard to deal with for the caregiver?
Feeling confused, worried, frustrated, or even angry about the bewildering behaviors exhibited by your family member is normal. “Now, it’s time to come to terms with a hard truth: the real source of your negative reaction is not necessarily the patient. It’s you,” says Nataly Rubinstein, a geriatric care manager, social worker and former family caregiver.
Is Alzheimer’s Behavior the Patient’s Problem…or the Caregiver’s? originally appeared on AgingCare.com. Visit AgingCare.com for more information on Alzheimer’s and Dementia.