Both cruel and potentially deadly diseases, Alzheimer’s is a specific condition while Dementia is a generalised term for the reduction and decline in an individual’s mental ability, that is so severe that it interferes with their daily lives. Alzheimer’s is a disease that’s both irreversible, and progressive, slowly destroying a person’s memory and thought processing skills. It is the most common cause of Dementia and can often affect people as they grow older. Both of these life-limiting conditions can cause a normally happy and productive person to become withdrawn, forgetful, angry and very often unpredictable.
Having attended a professionally run Challenging behaviour training course organised by a specialist company such as tidaltraining.co.uk/learning-disability-training/challenging-behaviour-training-breakaway-techniques you will have all the necessary skills and techniques to recognise these awful conditions and understand how you can genuinely help a person going through the early or later stages. The training will teach you how not to ask direct questions, how to listen and respect the expert, the person who has the disease and how not to contradict them and reinforce their anxieties and confusion.
The person struggling with Dementia will be asking the same questions over and over again, repeating an activity several times, and become very restless, wandering off and pacing up and down, experiencing disturbed sleep and a loss of self-confidence that will make them disinterested in usual activities and make them seem apathetic. Try to reassure them, stay calm and remember any specific Challenging Behaviour training you may have received.