Welcome to Module 6, Session 1

Caregiver Support for Sex, Violence and other Dementia Issues

Step 1 of Caregiver Support for Sex and Dementia

Watch: “Intro to Sex and Dememtia”

Insights into sexuality and dementia, and strategies for managing other dementia-related challenging behaviors.

Caregiver Speaker, Elaine K Sanchez and Dr. Alex Sanchez introduce caregivers to the module on Sex, Violence and Other Dementia-Related Challenging Behaviors.

This is one in a series of videos that deals with the surprising and sometimes upsetting behavior exhibited by people who are stroke survivors, have Alzheimer’s or take Dopamine to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.

Step number 3

Watch:”Sex & Dementia Part 1″

Elaine Sanchez talks about sexuality and dementia in this excerpt from a keynote address at the Wisconsin State Alzheimer’s Conference.

When Elaine first started sharing this story she didn’t know how people with stroke-related dementia can sometimes display inappropriate sexual behavior, and she thought the message was about finding humor in absurd situations.

She later learned that inappropriate sexual behavior is not unusual in stroke survivors, people who have Alzheimer’s or individuals who take Dopamine to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Understanding that inappropriate sexual behavior is a result of the damage in the brain caused by dementia-related diseases can help families cope with this surprising and upsetting behavior.

This is one in a series of videos about understanding and responding to the challenging behaviors exhibited by people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related disease

Step Number 4

Watch:”Sex & Dementia Part 2″

Elaine Sanchez describes how poorly she responded to her father’s stroke-related dementia and his inappropriate sexual behavior.

Caregiver Speaker Elaine K Sanchez, www.EKSanchez.com shares a funny and poignant story about how badly she handled the conversation with her dad after he developed a fervent crush on Avis, the girl he’d taken to his high school senior prom in 1938.

She describes what their family did not know about dementia-related inappropriate sexual behavior at that time, and the importance of understanding that this type of behavior is not unusual in stroke survivors, people with Alzheimer’s and individuals who take Dopamine to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

This video and others about understanding and responding to the challenging behaviors exhibited by people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases

Step 5

Watch: “Alzheimer’s & Dementia Anger”

Why people with dementia sometimes display surprising, inappropriate and challenging behavior.

Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases cause damage in a person’s brain. That damage can make it impossible for the dementia patient to recognize what is and is not socially acceptable behavior.

Watch: “Alzheimer’s Personality Profiles”

Elaine Sanchez shares excerpts from a nurse’s journal about the challenging behaviors of people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s causes damage in a person’s brain. The behavior of people with dementia-related diseases can be unpredictable and sometimes difficult to manage.

These personality profiles provide insights into the behavior of persons with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases and helps caregivers understand how dementia impacts each individual differently.

Watch: “I’m Mad as Hell, and I Don’t Know Why!”

Understanding and Managing Dementia-Related Challenging Behavior.

People who have Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases often display challenging behaviors. It is important to remember that the disease is in charge and they are acting out because of the damage that has occurred in their brains or because they have an unmet need, such as hunger, thirst or pain that they cannot express.

This is the fifth and final video in the Sex, Violence and Other Dementia Issues module on CaregiverHelp.com, a video-based support program that provides insights and strategies for managing the stress of caring for individuals who are stroke survivors, have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other progressive and degenerative diseases.

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