1. Take the person to places with fewer people around. That way if your loved one does make a scene there won’t be many people nearby to witness it.
2. Entertain friends at home instead of meeting them at restaurants or movie theaters. Ed tended to behave much better when in his own home.
3. I once read about a caregiver who passed out little printed cards that read. “My loved one has Alzheimer’s – Please excuse her behavior.”
4. Here are some methods I discovered could sometimes prevent outbursts in the first place
– Don’t even bring up subjects that might make the person agitated
– If the person gets upset, distract them by changing the subject
– Agree with the person (unless there’s a compelling reason not to)
– Do not argue with the person
– Do not try to reason with the person
5. If all else fails you can reduce the frequency with which you take your loved one out in public or, if the behaviors are too extreme, limit excursions to essential trips, such as doctor’s appointments.