What do you do when your elderly parent becomes mean?

Ignoring behavior is sometimes the best solution. You can also report the behavior and say that you don't like it when they do it.

What do you do when your elderly parent becomes mean?

Ignoring behavior is sometimes the best solution. You can also report the behavior and say that you don't like it when they do it. However, if your loved one has dementia, it's important to keep in mind that they may not be able to remember your address or its consequences. Why do elderly parents get mean sometimes? Physical and mental health problems that cause cognitive changes also often cause changes in behavior. This is due to the loss of neurons in the brain, and how it affects an older person's behavior depends on where this loss of neurons occurs.

Your loved one will begin to cooperate. So instead of feeling like they're the enemy, you'll start to be good friends. The bottom line is that it's up to you. Your parents' demanding and difficult behavior may be due to depression or frustration over their loss of independence. Keep in mind that setting ground rules works primarily when parents return to purposeful childish behavior to get what they want.

If your parents are still determined and determined to stay in their four-bedroom home or to keep driving, calmly let them know the possible consequences of their actions. Dealing with elderly parents can also be frustrating, especially if they refuse your help or advice. If you've tried this approach but are still feeling distressed, or if your parents are resisting limits, it's time to hire a professional. Having a third party nearby to take care of things, such as household chores and personal hygiene, can put your parents at ease.

If they are elderly parents with dementia or another cognitive disorder affecting memory, these ultimatums and basic rules may not be understood. Remember that your parents are adults who have the right to make their own decisions, and sometimes the best thing you can do is to fulfill their wishes. K's book on caring for an aging parent contains practical advice on how to manage when a parent is living with dementia. If all else fails, contact your parent's doctor and let them know that you care about your parents' well-being.

But what if your parents become increasingly difficult or seem irrational with age? How can you be patient and respectful while maintaining your own peace of mind? In some cases, dealing with demanding elderly parents can put us in stressful, embarrassing, or even dangerous situations. The truth is that your parents may be exhibiting bad behavior because they feel embarrassed or embarrassed.

Barry Morais
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