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Behavior changes and communication in Alzheimer's

Caregivers face a variety of challenges when a loved one develops Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, including communicating with the memory-impaired person and responding to difficult behaviors. This resource list offers a selection of articles, books, videos, and other materials that may help.

Communication and Behavior Problems: Resources for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Nurse communicating with a confused patient

Working with patients who are cognitively impaired presents an ongoing communication challenge. For instance, they likely will have trouble following any instructions about their care, including how and when to take prescriptions. Make sure someone can closely monitor care management, and try to involve a care partner whenever possible.Nurse communicating with a confused patient

Communicating with a Confused Patient

older person rummaging through a kitchen drawer

Someone with Alzheimer’s disease may start rummaging or searching through cabinets, drawers, closets, the refrigerator, and other places where things are stored. He or she also may hide items around the house. This behavior can be annoying or even dangerous for the caregiver or family members. If you get angry, try to remember that this behavior is part of the disease.older person rummaging through a kitchen drawer

When a Person with Alzheimer's Rummages and Hides Things

Older woman wandering alone down a rural road

Many people with Alzheimer’s disease wander away from their home or caregiver. As the caregiver, you need to know how to limit wandering and prevent the person from becoming lost. This will help keep the person safe and give you greater peace of mind.Older woman wandering alone down a rural road

Wandering and Alzheimer's Disease