Understanding and Coping With Problem Behaviors Related to Memory Loss:
A Learning Guide

As Memory Fades... The Caregiver's Challenge Begins Understanding and Coping with Problem Behaviors Related to Progressive Degenerative Neurological Diseases that Result in Memory Loss

A Learning Guide to Help You Understand Your Loved One with Neurologic Illness and Memory Loss

This booklet has been designed to help you understand the care of your loved one with chronic a neurological degenerative condition. There is an accompanying video for this brochure. It may be loaned to you, if you request it. We encourage you to make copies of this booklet.

If you have questions regarding the film or the care of your loved one, call 602-301-8111. A secretary will answer. Ask for the Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Department of Neurology. An expert in caring for people with memory loss will answer your questions quickly and confidentially.

Please copy this booklet so you can use it as a constant reference, and share it with your family and fellow caregivers.

Understanding and Coping with Behavioral Changes Related to Memory Loss


Diseases causing memory loss and neurologic degeneration are common, affecting more than 5 million Americans. Although Alzheimer's disease is the most common disease causing memory loss, many neurologic conditions have similar symptoms and are managed in approximately the same way.

The average family spends over $200,000 on care for a loved one after they have been diagnosed, yet the costs of the illness far exceed the money spent. Families selflessly devote their love, time, energy, and creativity to care for their loved ones while watching the slow agonizing progression of the disease Diseases that cause memory loss --- including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and strokes --- have a variety of symptoms that can baffle and overwhelm family members. Some of the most challenging and frightening problems rarely occur early in the disease but may "pop up" when it is least expected as the disease progresses.

The following examples might include the following:

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Overwhelming Or Misleading Stimuli
Loss Of Meaningful Activities
Creating Too Much Demand
When A Problem Behavior Occurs
Worrying About Safety
Special Problems
Taking Care of Yourself
Legal/Financial Affairs


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