The stigma of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can be embarrassing, so families tend to quietly withdraw from their former lives. Social interactions eventually overwhelm people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and it can become difficult for them to even get out of the house. Due to difficult and unusual dementia related behavioral symptoms, caregivers may also find it hard to go out in public with someone living with Alzheimer’s, no matter how beloved. Be candid in telling others about the disease, rather than hiding it. You may also want to consider going out at times of day that are not as busy to create a comfortable environment for the individual living with dementia.
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