After he retired from his life of white shirts and ties, he wore a full rainbow of golf shirts and owned more cardigans than Mister Rogers. But if you'd met him late in his dementia, you'd invariably see him in a stained plaid shirt and baggy, wrinkled gray trousers -- day after day after day.
One of the things that can be really hurtful to caregivers is the ability of their loved one living with dementia to change behavior like a chameleon changes colors. This can be embarrassing, frustrating, and disconcerting. Also read about how dementia can alter relationships in families.
While caring for my mother, Dotty, I learned that new problems crop up all the time as dementia patients move through the stages of Alzheimer's. Have problems with the shower, or taking medication? Learn More.