Caregiver Assistance Newsletter: Alzheimer’s Disease & Difficult BehaviorVIEW NEWSLETTER (November 2011, PDF)
Hoarding and Clutter
In caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), some behaviors are more difﬁcult to deal with than others. You must learn to cope with the behavior and to keep yourself from burnout.
Your reaction depends on how you interpret the behavior. If you think of these behaviors as a way for the person with AD to communicate what she needs and feels, or what is upsetting her, you’ll be better able to respond calmly. Always take a moment to consider if the person in your care is ill, in pain, tired, or otherwise uncomfortable. Then, ask yourself if you are asking too much of him or her.