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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 11:02 PM
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190. You're very wrong, with regards to dementia
A person will very literally say utterly random things. we had one lady who walked into the kitchen facilities one evening and told us to watch out for the nun, the nun was killing people. We have other residents who scream at you in Norwegian, stuff from their childhood. The first thing we tell families who come for dementia counseling is very simply, don't take it personally. Their loved one truly does not have control over what they are doing or saying, entire personality shifts are common, and the family should work within the reality of their relative rather than constantly trying to correct them or taking offense at what happens.

It's hard. It's very hard. But that's the way it is. These people are not "faking it" it is not "all in their heads," and it is not an exposure of hteir "true personalityh." It's caused by the fact that their brain has holes or cysts or dead synapses or any number of other very real problems that make them behave in ways different than others would consider "normal" or "acceptable."
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