How Might The Client's Personality And Past Experiences Influence This Behaviour?

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Asked by myra

How Might The Client's Personality And Past Experiences Influence This Behaviour?

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Hi, Myra,

I just wanted to relay my own experience with my mom, who had Alzheimer's. I was leaving the nursing home and ran into the activity director. She stopped me and asked "What did your mother do professionally?" I told her that initially Mom was a high school teacher (I believe it was English or history). The activity director said, "Oh, that makes sense. She's got that look down that will stop you in your tracks." I replied that I knew that from personal experience, but then added that my parents actually ran their own small businesses for about 25 years. "Oh, that totally makes sense," she said. It turns out that Mom was regularly wheeling her wheelchair to the doorway of the activity director's office and "supervising" her work. When the activity director didn't do what Mom wanted, Mom would tell her, "You're fired."

Based on this information, I've come to believe that personality and past experiences really inform the behavior of people with Alzheimer's disease.

Take care and keep us posted!

Dorian

Answered by Dorian Martin