Early symptoms of dementia may manifest primarily as memory problems. As the disease progresses, the brain is more and more affected, and other types of symptoms will begin to occur. Caregivers may be surprised when their loved one’s moods and behaviors change, but this is normal, and many of the changes are common and predictable.
While separate phenomenons, emotional and behavioral problems are often inter-related. For example: sleep disturbances may cause irritability, hoarding may be related to anxiety, etc.
After reviewing this Caregiver Guide, you will:
Video clips in the Caregiver Guide are used with permission from the professional training DVD “Accepting the Challenge,” produced by the Alzheimers North Carolina, Inc. More information is provided at the end of the guide.
Read on for more information on emotional and behavioral problems in people with dementia.