Alzheimer’s Disease triggers
Five Alzheimer’s Disease Triggers for Behavioural Upsets:
The sensation of feeling wet or cold is a huge trigger for my Mom now. Once I took her to have her hair done outside the hospital – one year ago. This was one of the biggest mistakes I have made. Environment was all wrong. Being with a hairdresser she did not know, and feeling the water drip down the back of her shirt as her hair was being shampooed was too much. The wet sensation triggered a gigantic tearful explosion that could have easily been a violent outburst. That took a lot of energy and emotion. Trying to smooth it out and work through that situation was hard. Even dampness and cold feels different and seems like wetness to her now.
Mom has great difficulty with people she doesn’t recognize. If they are in her room or near her unit she feels nervous, anxious and threatened. So repair people, the cable guy and student doctors that are replacing the usual doctors are not good at all. This can even trigger a paranoid episode.
Schedule changes make lots of people anxious. Anxiety is acute when you are already feeling off because of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
Unfortunately when I take a vacation or have to go somewhere on a business trip my Mom often loses some skills. This is as upsetting to me as it is to her, but I can’t take care of her if I never ever get a break. I also can’t help her if I lose my livelihood. I don’t have a great solution to this yet. I understand that I am a consistent sight and person and a link that is familiar to her and it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize that when I go away she probably feels abandoned.