The word behavior in Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia.... More care or even healthcare has gotten a bad rap. We tend to only think of the negative and not the positive. I use We have started to not use the word behavior because it only has a bad connotation. We never speak of all the good "behaviors" a person with dementia has. Loving, kind, silly, artistic, fun, willing to try, funny... We only talk about what we perceive as bad, inappropriate or need to be managed behaviors. A lot of a persons "behaviors"... More, since many “behaviors” are just reactions to our actions. If we get upset at our computer or we’re cranky at 4pm or maybe frustrated at a co-worker for not finishing their side of your project; no one says, “Geez Pam sure has some behaviors today.” We are reacting normal for the situation that we are in.
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Everyone has different abilities. We all need help with things that we are not so skilled at. Some people change their own oil and I prefer to take it to the nice guys who do it for me (and I pay them). Some people can bake gorgeous birthday cakes and I prefer to go to a wonderful lady who went to school to learn how to make yummy desserts. Some of us lose some abilities because of many reasons; accidents, diseases, age or genes. Persons living with dementiaDementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.