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Do you have a loved one with dementia? Are you sad, mad, frustrated, tired and wondering why this is happening to you and your loved one? What did anyone do to deserve this? These feelings are all normal and unfortunately you are not alone. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 675,000 caregivers of people with dementia in Pennsylvania.
Caring for a loved one who has dementia can become extremely difficult. Dementia treats everyone different and doesn’t act the same in any person. Sometimes you may experience “behaviors” from your loved one. Behaviors are a form of communication. No matter how frustrating it is, it is important to understand that he/she is trying to tell you something. If you can start to think of behaviors as an unmet need, it is easier to understand. It could be that your loved one is hungry, thirsty, hot, cold, in pain, or may just be bored. Sometimes it could be nothing except his/her brain just getting stuck on something. It could be an unlimited number of needs and sometimes we have to act as an investigator to find out what it is.
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