Beth Spencer, Caring.com Expert


Beth Spencer is a social worker in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with more than 25 years of experience with families who have a member with dementia. She is coauthor of Understanding Difficult Behaviors and Moving a Relative with Memory Loss: A Family Caregiver's Guide. Previously, she directed Silver Club, early-stage and adult day programs serving individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses.


Recently Published on Caring.com

What's the best way to keep a parent with Alzheimer's safe from wandering at night? — Nov 30, 2008
Yes, most professionals consider this a form of neglect or abuse. It's generally not very safe and can be extremely upsetting to the person with Alzheimer’s disease. ...
Is there a solution to an Alzheimer's patient taking off her clothing? — Nov 30, 2008
The first thing to analyze is why and when she is taking off her clothes. Sometimes this is an indication of discomfort  -- uncomfortable clothing, the person is too h...
How can I convince my mother to clean up her home so that it is safer? — Nov 04, 2008
What you're describing is called “hoarding” behavior in the mental health field. It's considered a form of obsessive-compulsive behavior and is very difficult t...
Should my mother with dementia be put in a care facility? — Oct 29, 2008
I'm not sure what you mean by a  "bout of dementia." The first question is whether your mother has been diagnosed with some form of dementia. The symptoms of...
My 87-year old mother is seeing things that are not there. What causes this? — Aug 08, 2008
What you are describing could be a visual hallucination or a delusion (a mistaken belief). In either case there are many possible causes. Sometimes sensory loss, in the for...