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Does anyone have any good strategies for helping someone with Alzheimer’s who needs help and but is incapable of accepting help? For a time, mom was cooperative. Now however she demands to do it herself. The problem is that hygiene and other things are suffering. Inadequate tooth brushing led to cavities and really bad gums. Getting dressed is not successful, leading to backwards or inside out clothing, missing underwear, etc. Just trying to kindly start her off, by prepping toothbrush is a problem. Starting her off with shirts, shorts, etc. in the right directions and allowing her to go the rest of the way devolves into angry interaction that sometimes leads to her throwing punches and shoving. I don’t want her mouth to totally fall into ruin or to end up wearing shorts around her shoulders (has happened), but it is hard to help when she becomes violent. Is there a way to help, or do you just have to let them fall into disrepair? I don’t want to be perceived as negligent, but I also don’t want to experience her throwing her arms wildly in punches every other day.
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