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One of the most difficult problems to deal with as a caregiver is the
sometimes strange or disruptive behaviors that people with
dementia develop. They may wander, do certain things
repeatedly, or insist on unusual routines or activities.
Some behaviors that seem strange or disturbing may be natural
expressions of a person's lifelong habits or patterns. Understanding some of
the influences on the behavior may help you deal better with
behavior problems. Try to figure out the reason behind the behavior:
After you know more about what underlies apparently odd or disruptive
behaviors, you will be better able to understand them and respond in a supportive way
to the affected person. This can help make things easier for you both. You may
find ways to change the person's environment and set up daily routines that
make certain behaviors less of a problem. This may also help you avoid having
to use medicine to control behavior.
October 29, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Myron F. Weiner, MD - Psychiatry, Neurology
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