When a loved one is suffering from dementia it can be tough to adjust to their illness. Dementia causes certain behavioural changes that may make it seem like your loved one is drastically different than they once were. The person suffering from dementia may experience sudden mood swings and lash out at you.
Handling a loved one’s behaviour changes isn’t easy but there are ways to cope without making them feel threatened.
Why does dementia cause mood changes?
When someone is plagued with dementia, it is hard to predict exactly what is causing their mood transformations because there are so many factors involved. The medication your loved one is on to treat their dementia may be responsible for some of their erratic behaviour. Sudden mood changes can also be the reaction to ailments that traditionally accompany dementia such as urinary tract infections and fever. Fatigue, dehydration and constipation can further bring about mood shifts along with location changes and over-stimulation, such as too many visitors at once. Everyday tasks like getting dressed and eating can initiate behaviour issues as well.
What can you do help?
When your loved one has dementia it can be hard for them to sometimes understand their surroundings or follow simple instructions. They may have problems communicating and become frustrated with you and themselves. In order to help them feel comfortable, try the following:
Dealing with a loved one’s unstable behaviour can be taxing but remember that you are doing them a great service by remaining a part of their life as they battle dementia. For more information about this illness and how you can help your loved one further, contact our expert team.
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