The Capital Gazette newspaper has a column written by Mary Chaput of the Department of Aging and Disabilities of Annapolis, MD. A recent column had a question about frontotemporal dementia. Ms. Chaput’s answer applies to dealing with someone with any type of dementia.
In terms of dealing with inappropriate behavior, she offers six tips:
* Don’t take the behavior or comments personally.
* Be empathetic.
* Don’t argue.
* Look for the situation(s) and environmental factors that trigger the behaviors.
* Talk with your family member’s physician about the behavior.
* Keep in mind that this, too, shall pass.
Another question was about saying “I’m sorry” to placate someone with dementia.
Here’s a link to the full column:
Caregivers Corner: Be patient and empathetic when dealing with frontotemporal dementia
by Mary Chaput, Correspondent
April 1, 2017