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How Can You Deal with a Mean Family Member Who’s Dealing with Dementia?

Most of the people in your family are caring, loving individuals. Maybe your uncle is too. However, he has been diagnosed with dementia and that has changed things tremendously.

You’ve tried to support him as best you can, but lately he’s been extremely mean.

Alzheimer's Care in Plainview NY: Changes in Behavior

Alzheimer’s Care in Plainview NY: Changes in Behavior

There are numerous signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and some of them can affect behavioral aspects of an individual. The best way to deal with these situations is to rely on experienced support.

When a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or any other form of dementia, they should seriously consider hiring a home care aide, at least for a few months.

But they can take care of themselves just fine.

Your uncle may be completely capable of attending to his own basic care. The basic activities of daily living (or ADLs) can include bathing, toileting, getting dressed, cooking meals, doing laundry, and the list can go on and on. Your uncle may have no issues whatsoever doing these things at the moment, so why would he even consider a home care aide?

First and foremost, it’s important to understand how this disease will progress.

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s, is a progressive disease. There is no cure for it and while there are certain medications and strategies that can help delay memory loss and other symptoms, they will eventually progress.

The sooner that proper and experienced care is in place, the better it’s going to be for your uncle in the future. It may not seem like it at the moment, but mental stimulation and working on developing a routine can actually pay dividends for those dealing with memory related challenges as a result of some form of dementia.

Some studies indicate that mental stimulation pays extreme dividends with regard to Alzheimer’s (Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation).

But what about that meanness?

An experienced home care aide who has worked with numerous other elderly clients dealing with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, will likely have a number of strategies that can help. You can certainly do some research online and find out what may be beneficial, but nothing is more helpful than having somebody with firsthand, direct knowledge of this disease and how it affects people.

Whether this is part of your uncle’s personality or not, there are steps that can be taken early on to help temper this mean attitude coming forth.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of Alzheimer’s care in Plainview, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.

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