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.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on July 11, 2011

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