In the spirit of the changing season, this month’s focus will be on managing change in Alzheimer’s disease. Although each patient is unique and not all family situations are the same, we know that all patients and all families have one thing in common when coping with Alzheimer’s disease ~ they will be facing many challenges and changes.
Managing the changing behaviors in an Alzheimer’s patient can pose many challenges for the caregiver. As the disease progresses, the patient’s ability to communicate begins to decline.
Due to the changes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, some patient’s will exhibit unpredictable behavior and patterns of thinking. A patient that once was comfortable around family and friends may suddenly become anxious and may not recognize those that were once familiar. You may notice that any variance in the patient’s normal routine can cause behavioral changes.