What to Do When Your Love One Behaves Inappropriately in Public?
Sometimes Alzheimer's patients act out in public, or express challenging behaviors. This can lead to embarrassment. What can you do? By Marie Marley +Alzheimer's Reading Room It isn't unusual for people with Alzheimer's to behave inappropriately in public at times. And often that leads to embarrassment for the caregiver. For example, the person may become agitated and make scenes in public, causing people to stare. This could include behaviors such as arguing loudly with you or strangers, even about inconsequential matters. Furthermore, Alzheimer's patients tend to lose their sense of inhibition and may say rude things to people. Sometimes a person who always demonstrated extreme politeness in public may loudly curse at you or others. In other cases the person may make racist remarks - something they never would have done before. Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading Room Email: I was a caregiver to Ed Theodoru, my Romanian soul mate of 30 years, when he developed dementia. Sometimes I was so embarrassed by what he said and did in pub lic that I actually pretended I wasn't with him. Ed often made scenes in restaurants. Once he complained very angrily to the waitress that his food was not hot enough and made her take it back to the kitchen. I'm pretty sure my face turned red. During the same dinner, he commented loudly that a child sitting nearby with his parents was too loud and he wanted to change booths. Needless to say, the par...
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