By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
I knew and understood the changes that were being caused by Alzheimer's disease. On the other hand, my mother couldn't see the change. She couldn't understand what was happening.
When my mother would say something mean, or act out crazy behavior, I experienced the same emotions that most Alzheimer's caregivers experience -- anger, frustration, and agitation.
Over the course of my life I had learned how to cope and deal with problems. They no longer worked with a person living with dementia.
Looking in from the outside at Alzheimer's, most people would conclude its easy to come to an understanding that the meanness and craziness are a direct result of the disease -- Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's causes these erratic behaviors.