Alzheimer's and Reasoning

You can’t reason with someone who can’t reason.


Persons with Alzheimer’s disease lose their ability to reason and understand directions and correction. The part of their brain responsible for reasoning is damaged or destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease.


Many caregivers are constantly frustrated because their loved ones inability to be able to follow instructions or directions. The caregivers have a hard time understanding why they have to tell their loved one something over and over again.


Being obstinate is not a part of Alzheimer’s disease, but the inability to understand directions, reason, and remember social cues are very real complications of Alzheimer’s disease.


Once caregivers can free themselves from the expectation that simply reminding their loved one that they don’t live in their house on Maple Street anymore will be enough to stop the question of “When can I go home?” over and over again they can build on techniques that do work for redirection.


This has to be a mantra when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. You can’t reason with someone who can not reason. Don’t even try. It will get you no where and frustrate the person with Alzheimer’s and the caregiver – often times resulting in additional undesirable behaviors from the person with Alzheimer’s.  It would be like asking a paraplegic to walk.


The next few Alzheimer’s Tips of the Week will build on ways to effectively reach your Alzheimer’s person without trying to reason (unsuccessfully) with them.


This article was written by: Jane Hale, Accolade Home Care Sales Executive

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