Outbursts, paranoia, delusions and violence to name a few. You may have thought to yourself, “I’ve never heard mom use a swear word in my life, where did that come from?” Or you may see your loved one make a sexually inappropriate gesture towards someone and you felt humiliated. This is especially common when the Frontal Lobe of the brain is being affected as the Frontal Lobe is responsible for impulse control and judgment.
The best way to redirect from this type of behavior is the path of least resistance. You never want to talk down to your loved one or scold him/her as you may a child. Simply validate her actions, “Mom, I’m sorry you’re angry, let me help you,” or redirect Mom with a change in topic or even a change of environment.
As the behaviors increase and become unmanageable, reach out to the medical team overseeing your loved one’s care, or find a local caregiver support group.