Alzheimer’s and dementia can change a person and cause him or her to behave in ways he or she never has never before acted. In the beginning you may notice your loved one begin acting more irritable, depressed, or anxious. While these behaviors may not point to Alzheimer’s or dementia, as the disease progresses, they may begin to have angry outbursts, hallucinate, or have delusional thoughts they believe to be true. It’s hard to watch your loved ones change before your very eyes.

Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s often have Behavioral Changes

Mary understands this more then she would like to. Her husband Danny was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s just 2 years ago. She has been his caretaker and loving wife as he has progressed in the stages of his disease. She has watched him change from a loving husband and father to a confused, anxious, and frustrated individual. He has a hard time remembering who she and her children are, and believes he’s being followed every time they leave their home. While she has found it important to continue a regular daily routine, last week something new happened she never anticipated.

While she and Danny were out shopping, Danny took a hat from the shelf and traded it for his old hat. He was observed by security shoplifting the new hat, and leaving his old hat behind. While they could never know he thought his own hat was bugged, and he was protecting himself from the listening devices planted in his own hat. Of course Mary had no idea this happened. They were stopped by security as they were leaving the store.

Of course Mary was embarrassed, but what can she do to protect herself and her husband in this situation? While many stores will be accommodating if you explain the situation, it is recommended by The Alzheimer’s Association to carry a card with their logo on your person stating that your family member has Alzheimer’s. If this doesn’t help, you may need to contact an attorney to assist you with the charges your loved one is facing.

Contact a Seattle Crime Defense Attorney

At The Nahajski Firm we have the experience and compassion to help you and your loved one who is facing this terrible disease. We want to help you. Call us at 206-621-0500 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.