Caring for the Other Side of Alzheimer's Disease

The Other Side of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Will Reid, 8:00 am on

Many people are familiar with the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, which range from short-term memory loss to the inability to recall past names and events, yet the other side effects of the disease are not often discussed. Alzheimer’s has a direct affect on the brain, and as a result can cause a senior loved one to act out of character, behaving in ways that are unfamiliar to friends and loved ones.

Some of the most common behavior change experienced by seniors with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive conditions include:

  • Aggression, agitation and angry outbursts
  • Extreme confusion
  • Suspicion and hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Sleep issues and sundowning
  • Repetition and wandering

Coping with Behavior Changes in a Loved One

For family members, behavioral symptoms are often some of the most difficult to cope with. It can be emotionally difficult to hear mom accuse you of stealing her jewelry, or to watch dad pace back and forth as he expresses concern about something that isn’t really there. While you understand the disease is the cause for this change in behavior, you may why exactly your loved one is feeling this way.

Home Care Assistance, a leading Cincinnati Alzheimer’s care provider, invites you to our upcoming event, the second part of our three part series about Alzheimer’s and caring for a loved one with the condition. This particular session, titled Behaviors: “Why do thy do that?”, offers practical ways for caregivers to cope with the changing behaviors of their aging loved ones and what may be triggering these responses.

The event will take place on April 11, 2015 at The Kenwood by Senior Star. Click here to view our flyer for more information and RSVP for your seat by emailing [email protected]

Care for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Whether your loved one is in the early stages of the disease and is starting to exhibit feelings of confusion, aggression and suspicion or is experiencing hallucinations and wandering often associated with late-stage Alzheimer’s, know that help is available. Home Care Assistance of Cincinnati, OH offers in-home Alzheimer’s care on a flexible hourly or live-in basis from highly trained and experienced caregivers. When our Alzheimer’s caregivers are by your loved one’s side, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing they are in safe and caring hands, and you can enjoy spending precious time with your loved one as a family member, not a caregiver.

For more information about Alzheimer’s or dementia home care in Cincinnati, reach out to a friendly Care Manager at  513-891-2273 and request a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.