By Natalie Kunkel
Dementia has been explained by some as a shift in the way a person experiences the world. Many behaviors are normal reactions when we understand the person’s experience. Through the cloud of misinformation that the brain gives, and the insistence that the person do something that does not feel right in that moment, that person responds with strong words or even hitting. We should view these responses as the person’s best attempt to communicate.
When our stress increases, our function decreases. This is exponentially true for people managing the journey of dementia. As a situation becomes more stressful, the person’s ability to understand and cope decreases.