Here’s a recent horror story that may make the point: I had a patient with complicated medical issues who had a hip replacement operation. To my dismay, the hospital discharged this man to “assisted living.”
Adult children and other family members often struggle to accept that an elder has dementia. Sometimes they believe that the elder is doing things 'on purpose'. Sharing experiences and listening to others' experiences can help understand the disease and the behaviors and realize that it is the 'disease' that is causing the behaviors.