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Common Elderly "Difficult" Behaviors


Caregivers and families often deal with difficult behaviors when caring for loved ones. Sometimes, loved ones have always been difficult however, new behaviors or personality changes can indicate developments in senior health, such as dementia, depression, UTI (urinary tract infection), and medications.


Common difficult behaviors can include:

  1. Anger, hostility, frustrations or outbursts

  2. Verbal or physical abusive behavior

  3. Refusing personal hygiene

  4. Inappropriate behavior, offensive language

  5. Paranoia, hallucinations

  6. Obsessive or compulsive behavior

  7. Refusing care

  8. Hoarding behavior

  9. Demanding behavior

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