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Alzheimer’s patients can often exhibit unpredictable behavior. It is important to remember that the person is not acting this way on purpose. Whatever the behavior, try to identify the cause and a possible solution. For example a person may exhibit bold behavior, unexpectedly remove clothing, or show signs of paranoia. If the person is engaging in bold and inappropriate behavior, try to distract them with another activity or lead them into a private place. If the person suddenly disrobes keep in mind the person may forget how to dress, and may take clothes off at inappropriate times and in unusual settings. This may be simply because clothing is too tight or uncomfortable. Help the person dress by laying out clothes in the order they need to be put on, and choose clothing that is simple and comfortable. An Alzheimer’s patient may become easily jealous and suspicious. For example, a man may think his wife has a boyfriend if he sees her with their son. A person with Alzheimer’s may also misinterpret an unfamiliar face as someone who is a thief. If the person makes accusations or becomes extremely suspicious, don’t waste time arguing. Try to distract the person with another activity or reassure him or her with a hug or touch. In each case avoid getting angry or laughing at the person.

(Source:Alzheimer’s Association)

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