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Dementia Care Dos & Don

This article was originally posted on APlaceForMom.com

Mid-to-late stage dementia often presents a variety of challenging behavioral problems. This discussion of common symptoms may help prepare you to effectively support a person with dementia.

What Patient Behavior Is Typical of Dementia?

Anger, confusion, anxiety, and sadness are a few of the emotional symptoms a dementia patient might experience. The overwhelming nature of these feelings often results in a range of unpredictable behaviors that requires the caregiver to be extremely patient. A dementia patient may become irritable and even belligerent, with little provocation. He or she may go in and out of being confused and disoriented, or even attempt to manipulate those around them. Struggling with communication is one of the most upsetting aspects of taking care of someone with Alzheimer