Even though your clients may have been extremely social before they were diagnosed with either Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia, they may withdraw from all that they were and all that they loved in their ‘previous’ life. It is sad that their hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports, may be compromised. This is because they cannot seem to keep up any longer. They may also avoid the social aspects of their lives simply because of the changes that they have or continue to experience.
Your clients may feel weary trying to keep everything straight, so it is simply easier to disengage from life – an all it previously had to offer! It is really sad indeed!
In addition to withdrawing, your clients may have drastic changes in mood and personality. They may not even realize that they have changed. This is really an important time be patient, loving and caring!
These specific changes can cause much confusion, suspicion, depression, fear and anxiety. The littlest of things can set them off – whether they are at home, at work, in the public, with friends and/or family or with people that they have just met; anywhere that they may feel is out of their comfort zone!
Just like people with special needs, your clients may develop a specific routine. If and when that routine is disrupted, all hell can break loose! This is when you need to be there; be their advocate; constantly show them that With Age Comes Respect!