Many seniors live in constant fear of being left alone. This unpleasant emotion often causes the senior to start shadowing their grown children or caregivers. Shadowing is a term used to explain when a senior follow someone around.
Fear often causes seniors to develop attachment issues. Shadowing is usually more pronounced in seniors who are suffering from varying degrees of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It is a prevalent and challenging condition that is often difficult for a caregiver to handle. The senior will follow the caregiver around the house and become very upset when they lose sight of the person.
In some cases, the elderly individual may not only trail the caregiver from room to room but even start mimicking whatever action the caregiver performs. This is often very unsettling for the caregiver. Shadowing often becomes worse in the afternoon or evening hours, which is the time of day that many dementia patients start to become anxious or afraid.
Senior shadowing is not easy to prevent or control. When an elderly person starts shadowing, there are ways to handle the situation.
Unfortunately, shadowing is challenging behavior to prevent. You can try the various activities outlined here to see if they reduce the senior's anxiety levels. If you just cannot handle the shadowing behavior every day, then you may be forced to hire a relief caregiver to watch the senior while you take a much-needed break.