Focus on the emotion Rather than reacting to what the person is doing respond

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Focus on the emotion Rather than reacting to what the person is doing, respond to how he or she is feeling. Turn the action or behavior into an activity If the person is rubbing his or her hand across the table, provide a cloth and ask for help with dusting. Stay calm and be patient Reassure the person with a calm voice and gentle touch. Provide an answer Give the person the answer that he or she is looking for, even if you have to repeat it several times. It may help to write it down and post it in a prominent location. Engage the person in an activity The individual may simply be bored and need a distraction. Engage the person in an activity like taking a walk or working on a puzzle. Use memory aids Offer reminders that are meaningful to the individual like notes, clocks, calendars or photographs.
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8 6. suspicion Memory loss and confusion may cause a person with Alzheimer's to perceive things in new and unusual ways. Individuals may become suspicious of those around them, even accusing others of theft, infidelity or other improper behavior. Sometimes a person with the disease may misinterpret what he or she sees and hears. How to respond: Don't take offense Listen to what is troubling the person and try to be understanding. Then be reassuring, respond to the feeling and let the person know you care. Don't argue or try to convince Allow the individual to express ideas. Acknowledge his or her opinions. Offer a simple answer Share your thoughts, but keep it simple. Lengthy explanations can be overwhelming. Switch the focus to another activity Engage the individual in an activity or ask for help with a chore. Duplicate any lost items If the person often searches for a specific item, have several available. For example, if the individual is always looking for his or her wallet, purchase two of the same kind.
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9 7. wandering and getting lost It's common for a person with Alzheimer's to wander and/or become lost, and it can happen at any stage of the disease. In fact, six in 10 individuals with Alzheimer's will wander at some point. They may try to go home when already there or attempt to recreate a familiar routine, such as going to school or work. As the disease progresses, the person with dementia will need increased supervision. At some point, it will no longer be safe for him or her to be left alone. How to respond: Encourage activity Keeping the person with Alzheimer's active and engaged can help discourage wandering behavior by reducing anxiety and restlessness. Involve the person in activities such as doing dishes, folding laundry or preparing dinner. If the person shows interest in getting out of the house, consider safe outdoor activities such as an accompanied walk or gardening. Inform others Make sure friends, family and neighbors know that the person has Alzheimer's and that wandering may occur. Make the home safe Install deadbolt or slide-bolt locks on exterior doors and limit access to potentially dangerous areas. Consider signing up for a location-management service MedicAlert ® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return ® is a 24-hour, nationwide emergency response service for individuals with dementia who wander or have a medical emergency. Alzheimer's Association Comfort Zone ® is a Web application that allows family members to monitor a person's location. Call 800.272.3900 or visit to learn more about these services.
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10 8. trouble with sleep
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