Well-meaning family and formal caregivers sometimes start to "overdo" for persons with dementia. "I don't want her to get hurt" or "I don't want him to feel embarrassed" or "It is just so much easier if I do (fill in the blank)." What people do not realize is that once a person with dementia forgets how to do an activity or task, he or she is rarely able to relearn it. There just aren't enough nerve cells to knit together a new memory.
Formal and family caregivers of persons with dementia are dealing with the realities of Hurricane Harvey right now. As if their jobs were not difficult enough.
All cases of Alzheimer's Disease are dementia, but not all dementia are Alzheimer's Disease.
Helping a person with dementia brush his or her teeth requires extra skills to avoid the dreated "NO!" and other refusal behavior.