Even though their behavior may seem to be irrational and often to their own detriment, there’s always a reason behind the odd and stubborn behavior of the elderly. Sometimes those reasons have a medical background – i.e. physical pain, and sometimes they are caused by psychological stress.
There are many reasons a senior may become stubborn, a few are because they: Feel depressed about the deaths of spouse, friends, and/or family. Feel they’re being left out of the family. Fear the family might place them in a nursing home.
Aging parents grow stubborn, and researchers are uncovering the reasons why. Three-quarters of adult children and two-thirds of older parents reported that the parents acted stubbornly sometimes, while two out of five children and one in five parents said the stubborn behavior occurred often, according to one study.
“Adult children may define parents as stubborn when the aging parent is trying to maintain as much independence as possible. In many care situations, adult children become impatient with aging parents who have slowed down. It’s easier and quicker for adult children to take over doing tasks.
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Dementia caregivers get impatient, annoyed, frustrated, and even angry for a variety of reasons, some of which include: Things may not be happening as you’d like or are out of your control. You’re feeling overwhelmed in your role of caregiver, or feel like you do not have enough time for other aspects of your life.
Why do elderly parents become mean sometimes? Physical and mental health problems that lead to cognitive change also often lead to behavioral changes. This is due to the loss of neurons in the brain, and the way it affects an elderly person’s behavior depends on where this neuron loss is occurring.
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