One of the bigger problems that caregivers to aging adults with dementia face is seeing odd behavior from their senior that seems to have no cause or reason. These challenging behaviors usually do have a cause, but it might not make sense to you because your brain works differently than your senior’s does.
You’re Looking for “Why” Instead of “What”
Often caregivers get caught up in what the behavior is instead of why the behavior is happening. When it comes to figuring out odd behavior from an elderly family member who has dementia, the why is far more valuable to you. The why lets you understand the situation so that you can help your senior to find the right solution.
There’s Usually a Triggering Event or Cause
If your senior family member isn’t able to verbally communicate what is happening, that’s frustrating for her. Combine the frustration with a changing thought process due to dementia and your elderly family member is likely to respond with seemingly odd behavior. This initiating event is a triggering event because it’s triggering the behavior.
Change Your Point of View
In order to really get to the bottom of the situation, try to shift your point of view so that you’re looking at the situation from your aging adult’s point of view. Use body language and what you know of your aging adult’s experiences up to that point in the day to help you. Your elderly family member could be in pain due to a health issue, she might be thirsty or hungry, or she could need the bathroom. You may need to eliminate a variety of possibilities before landing on the right one.
Get Some Extra Advice
You don’t have to solve this mystery alone. Talk to your elderly family member’s doctor, engage experienced senior care providers, and keep a log of your aging adult’s behaviors and reactions. All of this gives you an amazing amount of information that you can use in order to figure out what your aging adult’s behavior might mean.
As you continue this process, you’ll find that you understand your elderly family member’s behavior much better than you ever thought you would.
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