How to handle difficult behaviors that come with dementia

Lisa Junod, executive director of Hillside Place Senior Living in Lincoln City, will be teaching a class called “Dementia & Alzheimer’s: How to Handle Difficult Behaviors.” This free class will be held Wednesday, March 13, at 2 p.m.

“Dementia and Alzheimer’s are the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S.,” said Junod. “By 2050, the number of diagnosed dementia and Alzheimer’s cases in this country will have tripled. That doesn’t include those people who have the disease and haven’t been diagnosed.”

Junod is a certified dementia behavior specialist and teaches caregivers how to respond to disturbing behavior. She has studied Teepa Snow’s techniques, one of the world’s leading educators on dementia and dementia care. Junod has more than 20 years of experience in loving and caring for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“My great-grandmother and grandmother had Alzheimer’s, and my grandfather had dementia,” said Junod. “I cared for them and wanted to know as much as I could to help them. I’ve been in senior care ever since and served as the director of memory care facilities for over 15 years.”

Difficult behaviors can make it tough to care for someone with dementia. It’s common for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s to have angry outbursts or aggression. Sometimes they wring their hands, pace or rock with anxiety. Sleep problems create multiple issues, with some people experiencing what’s called “sun downing.” Sun downing is increased agitation, anxiety or wandering as the day progresses. Sometimes the caregiver or family member is accused of stealing. A caregiver or family member may observe increased paranoia, causing their loved one to refuse to eat, take medications or lash out at those who care for them. These behaviors and others like them will be discussed at the class.

The class is free, and refreshments will be served. Those interested in attending are asked to call 541-992-1207 to register. Materials will be given to participants.

The class will be held at Hillside Place Senior Living, 1400 SE 19th St., in Lincoln City. Overflow parking is available across SE 19th Street in the gravel lot.

For more information on Hillside Place Senior Living call 541-994-8028 or go to

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