03 Oct
Ayushi Jolly

This is an 81 year old man with severe AD dementia. He has been living alone for the last 6 years
since his wife died.
He is generally amiable with his main career but has been known to throw water over her on
occasions out of the blue.
On the one day that this career is not around a care agency sends in a carer to observe the same
routine as his main carer. He has been known to be verbally and physically aggressive to the “one
day a week carers” and has been known to walk around in the neighbourhood on the days when they
attend to his care.
In spite of his severe expressive dysphasia, severe decline in his power of recall and total dependence
on his carers for his basic hygiene and dressing, he remains able to find his way around in the

How can a counsellor help?

Responses 1

  • Piyush Bartakke
    Piyush Bartakke   May 20, 2018 08:24 PM

    I am not sure whether counseling will be effective in the case of dementia. Medication will definitely prove to be helpful. But the problem with dementia is that the patient tends to forget to take them. In this case, the patient is very old. So, I think it would be necessary to help the primary caregiver in this scenario. It is often extremely stressful to work for patients suffering from dementia. If the caregiver is from an external agency, they are likely to have already provided her with proper training. 

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