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What are common behavior changes in someone with Alzheimer's disease?

Personality and behavior changes are common over the course of Alzheimer's disease (AD) or dementia. Your loved one may:

  • Get upset, worried and angry more easily
  • Act depressed or not interested in things
  • Hide things or believe other people are hiding things
  • Imagine things that aren't there
  • Pace a lot of the time
  • Exhibit unusual sexual behavior
  • Hit you or other people
  • Misunderstand what he or she sees or hears
  • Stop caring about how he or she looks, stop bathing, and want to wear the same clothes every day

Some of the most difficult aspects of caring for someone with AD or dementia are the changes in behavior or personality. It can be frightening to see your loved one become paranoid or aggressive. Working with your healthcare practitioner to get appropriate medication and assistance in coping with these behaviors is important.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.