Our parents always asked that we listen to them, but what happens when they refuse to listen to us? Some adult children are finding that their parents don’t always know best when it comes to their diet, driving, housing, medication and more.
When a person has dementia, whole experiences are constantly being lost, which makes it difficult for the brain to get its bearings. The unconscious mind fills in the gaps, swapping in an old memory or coming up with a plausible alternative.
Stress is contagious. Observing another person in a stressful situation can be enough to make our own bodies release the stress hormone cortisol. If a caregiver is anxious due to care decisions or work-related stress, they likely bring that anxiety home.