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Head Banging in Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Why is my Dad with Alzheimer’s dementia banging his head? And what can I do about it?

It can be very scary to see your loved one banging her head against the wall or hitting his head against the doorframe or headboard.

“The first time I saw it, I didn’t worry about it too much. A lot of strange things happen now that he has dementia, and I try not to stress out about each new thing. But then he started hitting his head more and more frequently, and now he’s banging his head so often that I worry he’ll hurt himself.”

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The Difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? And why does it matter?

People often use the terms Alzheimer’s and dementia interchangeably, but Alzheimer’s disease is actually a specific type of dementia.

Dementia refers to a decline in memory and reasoning that interferes with daily life. There are many types of dementia including vascular dementia, Lewy-body dementia, Pick’s disease, and others. Dementia-like symptoms are also associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.
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Alzheimer’s Activity Mats: The 7 Most Important Things you Must Avoid

Activity mats, sometimes called activity aprons, fidget quilts, or fidget blankets, are a simple way to provide much-needed sensory stimulation that can help people with dementia be calmer, more cooperative, more alert, and more responsive.

However, not all activity mats are created equal. A high-quality activity mat designed by someone with expertise and experience with dementia can be an amazing game-changer and can improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. But there are a lot of activity mats on the market that might do more harm than good.
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