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Understanding the Difficult Behaviors of Dementia


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Dementia isn’t one specific disease, but a word used to describe a variety of symptoms that include memory loss, declining thinking and social abilities, all of which can severely impact a person’s Home-Care-Greer-SC ability to function on a daily basis.

It is important that you become familiar with the difficult behaviors associated with dementia. Here are some of those behaviors:

1.     Aggression. Your loved one may begin to have aggressive verbal or physical behaviors that can occur suddenly.

2.     Anxiety. Your loved one may begin to feel anxious or agitated. He or she may also begin to show signs of restlessness.

3.     Delusions. Delusions and hallucinations are not the same thing. If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, he or she may become suspicious of people around them, accusing others improper behavior like theft or infidelity.

4.     Hallucinations. Your loved one may hear, see, smell, taste or feel something that is not there. Some of these hallucinations can be frightening.

5.     Confusion. Your loved may begin to show signs of confusion or memory loss in the later stages of Alzheimer’s.

6.     Sundowning and sleep issues. Your loved one may begin to have trouble sleeping or have an increase of behavioral problems that begin at dusk and last into the night, also known as sundowning.

7.     Wandering. Wandering is an unfortunate behavior symptom for persons with Alzheimer’s. When this happens, a person may become disoriented and may not remember his or her name or address.


Other behaviors can include:

●       Difficulty communicating or finding words

●       Difficulty with complex tasks

●       Difficulty with planning and organizing

●       Difficulty with coordination and motor functions

●       Inability to reason

●       Inappropriate behavior

●       Paranoia

●       Problems with disorientation, such as getting lost

●       Personality changes


Understanding these behaviors will better enable your home care provider to give the best possible care to your loved one. Always consult your loved one’s doctor or healthcare provider if he or she begins to show signs of dementia. With early detection, there are things that can make the symptoms more manageable.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care services near Greer, SC, contact Heart of the Carolinas Home Care at 864-991-3116.

Providing Home Care Services in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Anderson, Spartanburg, Mauldin, Seneca, Laurens, Charleston, Columbia and the surrounding areas.


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