Alzheimer’s and dementia often impacts on a person’s ability to remember about hygiene and personal care. The person may be reluctant to accept help with tasks such as bathing or showering and this can be a cause of upset and embarrassment. The reason may be a sense of lack of privacy or that these tasks have become confusion or complicated for the person themselves.
Loss of control of the bladder or the bowel can occur. People can also lose control of both functions. It occurs when the brain is no longer able to interpret bodily messages such as having a full bladder. This can be one of the hardest aspects of caring for someone suffering from Alzheimers Disease. It is important to seek professional help at an early stage.