Physical & Emotional Behaviors

Physical Factors

  • Medical Changes

  • Constipation and Urinary tract infections

  • Illness

  • Fever

  • Hunger

  • Thirst

  • Hearing and Sight Problems

Emotional Behaviors

  • Problem Behavior

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Loneliness

  • Fear


Once you understand which of these emotional behaviors are triggers for your loved one(s), you can avoid these triggers.

Emotional Well Being

Change is not always a good thing. This can make the individual feel off balance and can cause them to become more difficult.

Environmental Change

These changes include; Changing bath time, meal time, leaving the individual with too much time on their hands. Lack of attention or too much stimuli can make your loved one act out.

Nutrition and Behavior

Many individuals with AD have change in their taste buds. Food just does not taste the same. The texture can also be different. Also affected is the sense of smell. These are two very important senses for all people so when the person affected AD has these changes it can cause them to eat less. The result is they are hungry and thirsty thereby causing them to act out. The best way to help is to offer small meals every 2-3 hr’s, whenever possible. Limit distractions such as too many items on the table. Make certain the plate is not too full to overwhelm. Remind them to eat in a subtle manor. Offer supplements as much as possible. These can include over the counter drinks’ Boost, Ensure etc. Always check with their primary care and or treating doctor.

Other suggestions would include; playing classical music and keeping the light comfortable.