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Dear Carol: My husband is only 56 but he has early-onset Alzheimer’s. I’ve done my best during COVID to keep him interested in activities and Zoom calls with the kids and friends. Now that we’re vaccinated, he could go out more but I’m having trouble finding the line between giving him the social exposure that’s recommended and pushing him into anxiety. Since he’s still in the earlier stage of dementia, the doctor wants to wait before trying antianxiety medications. Our kids think now that it’s safer I should have him out more. In a way they are right, but he can’t seem to tolerate much activity going on around him. Some of it could be that he’s used to the quiet of our COVID life, but he was showing signs of this intolerance before we started to isolate. Twice I’ve tried to take him to the grocery store with me and he gets so anxious that I’ve had to take him out of the store. As soon as he’s back to the car, he’s fine.  How do we know what’s beneficial and what’s negative? – JH

Continue reading on Inforum to learn more about anxiety when re-entering society especially with dementia:

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