Dementia Behavior Management for the Caregiver is one of the most difficult challenges you will face with dementia care. Many family caregivers do not know what to do when difficult behaviors occur. To assist the family caregiver in handling these behaviors, I have written Dementia Behaviors for you.
An individual’s personality is basically the way a person views and approaches the world. It is their natural disposition. Some individuals are outgoing and always confident. Their positive attitude allows them to try new things and adapt easily. Other individuals are more introspective and reserved. These individuals may be more timid about change, and may feel uncomfortable around unfamiliar people.
Some people like to be organized and efficient, while others are more relaxed about life. Individuals also vary in their expression of emotions and need for physical contact with others. When your family member is faced with living with dementia, the way they respond to their environment will depend on their personality. Some will try to fight the disease and may experience a lot of frustration as a consequence. Others, after diagnosis, become depressed and increasingly withdrawn.
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For a family caregiver, understanding this will help you to respond to challenging behaviors in a way that is in tune with your famliy member’s personality. A retired teacher who likes to be organized may feel more confident and secure, if they are dressed early and have a sense of feeling as if everything is in order.
A study was published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. “The Cache County Dementia Progression Study,” in collaboration with researchers at Utah State University in conjunction with Johns Hopkins, is the first published research to show that there is a direct correlation with areas of the dementia care environment and the rate of the progression of a dementia patient. Incorporating the techniques recommended in this book can have a positive impact on the dementia patient and slow the cognitive decline.
This book is one in a series of books that were written to support and provide encouragement to the family caregiver/care partner. This guidebook will help you overcome the most common challenges of providing care and develop skills and strategies to deal with the challenging behaviors that can occur with dementia. This can decrease caregiver stress and enhance the bond between the family member with dementia as well as with the family caregiver.
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