Dementia’s effects on hospitalizations for people living with dementia and how to prepare
Dementia is a progressive brain disorder that affects millions of people worldwide.
A person with Alzheimer's may have other medical problems over time, as all older adults do. These problems can cause more confusion and behavior changes.
Many people with dementia also develop monocular vision, meaning they see with just one eye. As a result, they have no peripheral vision or depth perception; they see only what is directly in front of them. Color contrast is also a problem, so try to avoid plates that are the same color as the table or placemats, all white in bathrooms, white toothpaste on a white brush, etc.
While hallucinations, screaming, paranoia, and accusatory behavior are often seen in Alzheimer’s patients, people with dementia can also suffer from psychiatric illnesses not associated with the disease. An evaluation from a psychiatrist or primary care physician may be helpful to determine if this is the case and whether treatment would be helpful.