Misinterprets help with hygiene

  All Alzheimer's Symptoms

When it happens

Moderate-stage to severe-stage dementia

Why it happens

Difficulty making sense of reality. Or the person may be caught by surprise and is unable to shift from the stress of this to a calm reaction.

What you can do

  • Use a gentle touch to the back, knee, or other area to signal your arrival; speaking suddenly, especially if you're out of sight, can be alarming.

  • Make your intentions clear before beginning to help the person. Say clearly what you're about to do.