Care recipient (cr) forgets where he she put something and suspects others of stealing cr doesn’t remember familiar people and seems afraid of them

Try: Try offering to help cr find the misplaced item have more than one of same object learn favorite hiding places avoid arguing or trying to reason with cr instead try to distract him her and do not take cr’s accusations or paranoia personally try introducing yourself to the cr and explain why you are there on a regular basis draw on old memory connections and avoid arduing with or quizzing cr try to reassure cr provide familiar objects maintain stable and consistent routine try to encourage cr to get out of the house go for a walk or do some yard work provide or suggest familiar social opportunities

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Categories: Sage, Topic, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical, Personal, Social, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Unaware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

Information: If it is pertinent if he she repeats the information it is best not to say anything about it cr may only feel embarrassed and frustrated unnecessarily if cr hears better when others talk louder this may mean cr has a hearing loss try suggesting to cr that he she get a hearing aid if cr already has one check the batteries and make sure the hearing aid is fitted right in cr’s ear

References: managing difficult behavior by northwestern university feinberg school of medicine 2002 available at www brain northwestern edu

Keywords: Suspicious suspects paranoid memory loss afraid

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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