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How to Deal With Rummaging Behavior

Many people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia frequently rummage through drawers, closets and cabinets, day after day. This common dementia behavior can make many families anxious and upset, and also may result in displaced or missing household objects.

In this video, you'll learn practical answers to these questions about this behavior:

  • Why do people with dementia rummage?
  • When is rummaging dangerous?
  • How can rummaging be stopped?
  • Can rummaging behavior be turned into productive activity?

Deborah Bier, PhD | Director of Special Populations

ComForCare | At Your Side Home Care

Deborah Bier, PhD, has a master's in counseling psychology and a doctorate in therapeutic counseling. In addition, Debbie has obtained the following credentials:

  • Certified Alzheimer's Educator™ – National Certification Board for Alzheimer & Aging Care
  • Certified Dementia Practitioner® – National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
  • Certified Dementia Care Partner – Dementia Care Professionals of America, a division of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
  • Certificate in Gerontology – Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC
  • Mental Health First Aid – National Council for Behavioral Health