How to Handle Difficult Behaviors
Disrobes, walks around not fully dressed
Typically, the root cause is disinhibition (loss of inhibition, or a loss of a sense of public versus private behavior), most often due to dementia. The person may be feeling nervous or sexual, and those feelings become translated into disrobing behaviors.
Other possible causes: Your loved one suffers from incontinence or is uncomfortable -- too hot, too cold, or sensitive skin is making clothing feel scratchy and uncomfortable.
What to do:
Look for patterns. What's happening right before or after these episodes? Does it happen after eating (maybe the person has to use the bathroom and wants to be ready, so he unzips his pants)? Are you noticing other signs of forgetfulness? This can help you figure out the cause.
Ignore the behavior to the best of your ability. Although disrobing isn't usually done to get your goat, your raging disapproval may only egg the person on.
Try distraction: Move to another room or activity while casually covering the person up without comment.