The Family Caregiver Alliance article "Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors" provides some practical strategies for dealing with the troubling behavior problems and communication difficulties often encountered when caring for a person with dementia. Included are some tips on handling troubling behavior, wandering, incontinence, agitation, repetitive statements, paranoia, sleeplessness/sundowning, eating/nutrition and bathing. Lastly, the article supplies additional resources including websites, articles and contact information for appropriate agencies.
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