You may notice that your client speaks to you individually with no difficulty, but when even one more person joins in on the conversation, they may show signs of trouble with following – or even joining in on – the conversation. If someone is not aware of their mental issues, they may think that they may be just rude or shy. This is not the case, however.
Another thing you will certainly be aware of as a caregiver is that your client may lose track of what they were once speaking about – even in the middle of a sentence. They will certainly repeat themselves, but struggling with vocabulary, recalling words or even selecting the correct word poses other issues.
A typical issue that most people are all too aware of is that people with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia often misplace things. Then, just to add insult to injury, they cannot even retrace their steps in order to find what they have lost. When this happens, they will most likely believe people are stealing from them – they may even believe the ones caring for them are taking or hiding things from them which is really sad.
All you can do as a caregiver is be patient and continue to show them that With Age Comes Respect.