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What to Expect When Caring for Someone with Parkinson's Disease Dementia

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What Should I expect as a caregiver?

For caregivers, understanding common behavior changes of person’s living with Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) is important.  A person with PDD may need help with planning their day and remembering appointments or even simple tasks like dressing and bathing. As the disease progresses, a person with PDD may become frustrated, anxious or embarrassed by their cognitive decline.  A caregiver may need to provide emotional and physical support, as well as encouragement. Individuals with Parkinson’s disease dementia may become restless, experience rapid mood swings, or wander.  Knowing how to balance a person’s safety and independence becomes more difficult as the disease progresses.