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Shadowing in Alzheimer’s Sign of Fear, Anxiety

Posted Feb 27 2014 12:00am
Fear and anxiety are two disturbing symptoms exhibited by many people with Alzheimer’s disease. These symptoms are completely understandable, considering the fact that people with dementia are often confused about their surroundings. Confusion that won’t go away leads to fear and fearful people tend to be anxious.  This need to calm anxiety and feel safe can lead people with Alzheimer’s to a behavior called shadowing. As the term implies, shadowing is a behavior where people with dementia follow their primary caregiver as closely as a frightened child follows a parent.

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