Dementia and Behavioral Problems

Monday, October 24, 2016

Dementia is a medical problem where the brain loses abilities over time. Symptoms include forgetfulness, limited social skills and thinking abilities so impaired that it interferes with daily functioning. Dr. Edward Hill discusses how this effects the patient and family members in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

People with dementia have trouble with memory and can have changes in their personality and in the way they act. These problems can be helped with support from family members and a safe environment.

Many people with dementia will have psychotic symptoms. They might believe, see or hear things that are not real. They might argue with you if you try to reason with them.

Watch for things that trigger the problems, and do your best to avoid them. It is important that family members make things as easy as possible for the person who has dementia. Medicines can be used if behaviors are dangerous.

As the disease gets worse, people with dementia will not be able to take care of themselves or make others understand them.

If someone in your family starts acting differently, take him or her to the doctor. The doctor will want to know when the problems started and will ask other questions to find out how the problems are affecting the family.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.