8 Things You Can Do When Someone With Alzheimer’s Loses Their Inhibitions

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When a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease begins exhibiting changes in their behavior, it may appear that they are losing their inhibitions. There are several reasons why they may be acting this way: maybe they’re simply bored or need to use the bathroom, or it may be an effect of their dementia that is leaving them confused. While you may not be able to prevent all of these behaviors from happening, there are things you can do to mitigate your loved one’s behavioral changes and help the situation. Here are eight things you can do when it appears your loved one with Alzheimer’s has lost their inhibitions.

8. Stay Calm

If a loved one with Alzheimer’s starts to do or say things that are inappropriate, do your best to remain calm. Your loved one is likely trying to relay a need or is simply confused, and overreacting to their behavior will only further confuse and frighten them. Before you react, remind yourself that their behavior is part of their condition; they’re not intentionally trying to behave this way.

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7. Don’t Argue or Scold

It may be easy to reprimand a loved one when they behave inappropriately, but you should refrain from arguing with them or scolding them like a child. They’re unable to control their behavior, which is why it is occurring in the first place. Unlike children, they can’t learn from such an incident. Arguing won’t help the situation; it will only cause frustration for the both of you.

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