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Activities with Other People | Common Signs

  • Has a good time, but makes small errors
  • Has a good time, but makes errors that are noticed by the other partners
  • Notices their own errors, and become frustrated
  • Notices their own errors, becomes frustrated and takes out their frustration on other players (e.g. name calling, insults)
  • Notices their errors but is not bothered by them
  • Hesitates to partake in the activity, but has a good time once they get there
  • Does not have a good time
  • Makes excuses why they don't want to go (e.g. its too far away, the other people always cheat) but does not admit their own decline
 
Activities with Other People | General Description

The person you care for once enjoyed and participated in various group activities. These may include things such as playing cards, board games or bingo. Like any activity, there are a variety of different skills that are necessary. These skills include remembering the rules of the game, being able to think and make decisions and understanding what is going on. In Alzheimer's disease many of these skills become affected. This makes it difficult for the person you care for to participate in the game, and causes them to make errors. Additionally, these are all activities played with a group. Since Alzheimer's disease also affects a person's ability to interact in social situations, this presents an added difficulty for the person you care for. It is very common for the person you care for to begin to notice their errors and difficulties with these activities. This can cause a variety of changes in the person you care for. They may become easily frustrated and irritable, lose their confidence or no longer wish to participate.

In Frontotemporal dementia , activities with others can become quickly strained as the person can no longer concentrate in order to finish the group activity they used to be able to do with great ease. A person who played baseball may still be able to hit the ball, but may need instruction on which way to run the bases and may easily tire and leave the game while it is still in play.

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See Also:
Symptom Library > Behaviour > Irritability/ Frustration
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Low Self Esteem
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Executive Function
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Memory
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Motivation
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Comprehension/ Understanding
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