Tips for Managing Challenging Behaviors in Alzheimer's Disease
Environmental / External Causes of Challenging Behaviors in Dementia
Some of the challenging behaviors in Alzheimer's and other dementias are caused by environmental settings, such as who and what are around the person. Consider these possibilities as you look to identify the specific triggers for behavior concerns.
Challenging Behaviors in Dementia
What are some of the difficult behaviors in Alzheimer's? Learn about the causes and how to respond to challenges like paranoia, aggression, anxiety and wandering.
Physical Causes of Challenging Behaviors in Dementia
It's possible that issues like pain or hunger could be causing some of your loved one's difficult behaviors. Review these 10 possible physical causes of behavioral challenges in Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Psychological/Cognitive Causes of Challenging Behaviors in Dementia
Ever wonder what causes some of those difficult behaviors in Alzheimer's disease? What someone is thinking about and feeling inside can trigger challenging behaviors. Increase your awareness of these possibilities and consider how you can respond to them.
Alzheimer’s and Catastrophic Reactions
What is a catastrophic reaction? Why might someone with dementia experience one, and how should you react? Learn more about this common occurrence in dementia.
Wandering and Alzheimer's Disease
How can you prevent wandering in dementia? What causes it? And how should you respond to attempts to wander?
Shadowing in Alzheimer's
Are you familiar with shadowing in Alzheimer's disease? Learn more about it, as well as how to cope with and respond to it as a caregiver.
Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior and Dementia
Is your loved one with Alzheimer's disease showing signs of obsessive and compulsive behavior? Understanding why those behaviors sometimes develop in dementia and knowing how to respond to them can help you cope.
How to Use a Behavior Log to Reduce Challenging Behaviors in Dementia
Using a behavior log to monitor and reduce difficult behaviors in dementia may sound like a good idea, but do you know where to start? Learn how to develop an individualized log for your loved one, as well as what the benefits and uses are.
Using Music in Alzheimer's Disease
Do people with Alzheimer's respond differently to music than to language? Learn more about music and dementia, including some suggestions on its use in the beginning, middle and end stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Non-Drug Interventions for Dementia: 6 Steps to Decreasing Challenging Behaviors
Learn the 6 steps to take in order to implement non-drug approaches in Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.
Using Art with People with Alzheimer's
One way to engage people who have Alzheimer's or a related dementia is to offer the opportunity to be involved in art. Learn some benefits of art, as well as some practical tips on getting started.
Living with Alzheimer's: What to Say When Grandma's Not Nice
Wondering how to respond when someone says rude or hurtful things? Try these ways of coping with a loved one's inappropriate comments.
Using Routines in Dementia
Learn how and why routines and schedules are helpful to people with dementia and their caregivers.
Foul Language and Dementia: Understanding Why It Might Occur and How to Respond
Consider these suggestions for how to cope with foul language in a loved one with dementia.
How to Respond to Problems with Dressing in Dementia
Learn about some common difficulties with dressing that people with dementia experience and how you can help.
Coping With Challenging Behaviors in Alzheimer’s
Changing the caregiver's approach to challenging behavior in Alzheimer's disease can improve coping and quality of life for both those with Alzheimer's and their loved ones. Rather than first resorting to medication to handle agitation or aggression in Alzheimer's, try these eight practical tips.
Hoarding and Dementia
Heard of the show "Hoarders"? Learn how hoarding in dementia is similar and different from this.
My dad has Alzheimer's. Is it ever okay to lie to him if it calms him down?
Many caregivers wonder whether it's OK to lie to someone with Alzheimer's disease when they find that trying to convince their relatives of the truth isn't working. Find out whether lying is OK under certain circumstances.
Sleep Disturbance in Alzheimer's Disease
It is estimated that up to 70% of people with Alzheimer's disease will experience disruption of nighttime sleep. Practitioners recommend a variety of coping mechanisms for sleep disorders, ranging from medication to changes in daily routines. Learn how to manage sleep disturbance in Alzheimer's disease.