When the older adult or the person helping or both are stressed, situations can become more difficult.
People who are upset, angry or in pain might say or do things that hurt others. People who are having trouble communicating their needs or feelings might act out of frustration.
Simply asking others for help can be difficult emotionally. Older adults who need help might be feeling:
Some medications, health conditions and symptoms can affect how people treat others. Health professionals can figure out whether personality changes are caused by medical problems.
People living with dementia, their family and friends often struggle with difficult emotions. They may have feelings of denial, anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, resentment or frustration.
People who help older adults can respond to upsetting remarks or actions by:
Talking to others who help older adults or joining support groups can also help people find ways to deal with upsetting situations.