Apathy is the most common behavior problem associated with dementia, and affects between 60 to 80 percent of people with these disease (such as Alzheimer's). Apathy is the lack or suppression of emotion, feeling, concern and motivation. This can be due to brain damage caused by Alzheimer's disease, and can be difficult to treat. Some medication has been seen to make some improvement.
When speaking to groups of caregivers, I often think of the phrase "parenting our parents" as having a negative connotation. While I completely understand the analogy between caring for a child and caring for an elder in decline, I feel the phrase itself is demeaning. Yet, I've had to use references like this, myself. Sometimes, it's nearly…