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Interaction with Friends and Family | Common Signs

  • Is hesitant to initiate conversation with friends and family
  • No longer wishes to go to a relative's or friend's home
  • Is critical or rude to friends and family
  • Avoids certain friends or family members
  • No longer wants to invite friends or family members over
  • Feels self conscious or embarrassed in front of friends and family members
Interaction with Friends and Family | General Description

Alzheimer's disease affects areas of the brain that are responsible for memory , inhibition , communication and judgment. This can make it difficult for them to interact with other people in social situations. The person you care for will likely have difficulty understanding the emotions of others, and how they are perceived by others. This can result in insults, or other rude behaviours towards family members or friends by the person you care for. The person you care for likely recognizes their decreasing abilities and functioning and is embarrassed. As a result they may avoid interacting with family member or friends, because they are afraid they will make an embarrassing error or mistake. As well, the person you care for may be used to being in charge or the head of the household. They may feel frustrated with the role reversal, as now their children are looking after them instead of the other way around. As a result, they may avoid certain family members which remind them of their decreased abilities. The person you care for may also be avoiding old friends, or behaving inappropriately to them. This may be because they are resentful that their friends are in good health, while they are not.

The first step in taking a more active role in symptom management is understanding how a symptom is affecting everyday life; the next step is communicating this knowledge to the care planning team and family members. SymptomGuideTM is designed with these goals in mind.

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See Also:
Symptom Library > Personality Changes > Insight (Others/Environment)
Symptom Library > Memory & Language > Memory for Names and Faces
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Executive Function
About Dementia > Types of Dementia > Frontotemporal Dementia
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Last updated January 15, 2019
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