July 10, 2011
Health Tip: If a Person With Alzheimer's Is Confused
Here are suggestions on how to respond
(HealthDay News) -- Many people with Alzheimer's disease may become upset, fearful and agitated when confused.
The Alzheimer's Association suggests how to calmly respond when a person with Alzheimer's becomes confused or disoriented:
- Don't take any comments personally.
- Stay calm, and try not to react if your feelings are hurt.
- Offer an explanation, but keep it simple and brief.
- Show your loved one photos or other familiar reminders to help him or her remember.
- Approach someone from the front -- where he or she can see you -- rather than the back.
- Always be gentle, instead of scolding.