Q. My mom has Alzheimer's disease and has been exhibiting behavior that is distressing to me. No matter where we are, at home or in public, she starts to undress. When I try to stop her she gets upset and either cries or hits me. How should I handle this?
People with Alzheimer's often exhibit inappropriate behavior. Reasoning with them is typically our first response to a behavior but it is fruitless and only upsets all concerned since they have lost their ability to reason.
Distraction is often your best response. You can point out something in nature, a bird or a plant for example, and take her for a walk. You can draw attention to her hands and offer to give her a manicure. You can get her to help with folding laundry. Anything to keep her hands busy and to take her mind off what she had started doing.