TIPS FOR CAREGIVER- Alzheimer’s
Why does my Alzheimer’s-affected loved one become aggressive?
is unquestionably among the most difficult illnesses to handle and the top ten causes of death that cannot be avoided or healed. Alzheimer’s disease costs more to treat than cancer or heart disease. The entire cost of Alzheimer’s care is influenced by the long-term manner of care is an important part of having attentive caregivers. Having compassion for a beloved one with Alzheimer’s is a massive responsibility that necessitates a range of vital considerations to keep both the patient and the caregiver safe.
Alzheimer’s patients face various challenges. Many variables, like stress, anxiety, and anger, may cause agitation making them restless or anxious. As the condition worsens, it can also escalate into aggressive behavior toward the caregiver or others. Aggression can manifest itself in the form of verbal or physical outbursts. Scientists have yet to figure out why some patients become aggressive and others do not. NEMA can identify the basic factors seeing early warning signs, and advise on how to deal with an aggressive situation to help you prepare as a caregiver.
Aggression’s Potential Underlying Causes
A change in a patient’s behavior is usually the sign of an underlying cause. A lack of acknowledgment is among the most likely reasons for agitated and/or aggressive behavior. A patient’s unwillingness to identify something or someone can be a significant catalyst for a behavior modification.
- Physical problems such as pain, constipation, soiled underwear, or medication side effects are all possible causes for the caregiver to be aware of.
- Environmental factors may also play an important role, such as a shift in routine or location, or being compelled to do something the patient does not want to do.
- Emotional factors such as depression or a sense of loss may also play a role.
Aggression’s Early Warning Signs
It’s important to notice behavioral changes in an Alzheimer’s patient. As the condition worsens, a person may exhibit a variety of new behaviors, including a disinterest in previously enjoyed activities, making that up that just aren’t there ( hallucinations), wandering or walking, and misinterpreting sights and smells. Be aware of how the patient’s changing habits affect them and whether or not these changes correlate to their degree of agitation.
One of the most effective preventive steps that can be taken is to observe behavioral changes and either resolve the situation by solving the underlying cause, or assist the patient in adjusting to a new reality in the case of long-term illness. Noticing behavioral changes and either resolving the problem by addressing the underlying cause or assisting the patient in adapting to a new reality in the case of long-term changes that are beyond anyone’s control is one of the most successful preventive actions you can take. For instance, if the patient has moved from their home to the home of a family member, assisting them in acclimating to the new environment by placing familiar objects in their surroundings will provide comfort and help to reduce agitation.
There are many things you can do as a caretaker to deal with aggressive behavior. In the case of an aggressive attack, the apparent first objective is to prevent any physical damage to yourself, the patient, or anybody else. During the incident, ensure a stable distance, remain calm and speak as slowly and clearly as possible avoiding pronouns. If the situation contains a temporary stressor, redirection may be used to help the patient concentrate on something else.
Some helpful hints can help to create a quiet environment in general:
- Always pay attention to a patient’s concerns, demonstrate that you know, and do your best to convince them.
- Maintain a daily routine that is straightforward and organized.
- Decrease the amount of noise, clutter, and guests at any particular time.
- Reduce intake of junk food and stimulants such as caffeine.
- Incorporate calm time into regular activities.
- To concentrate, listen to music, read, or go for a walk.
It’s also necessary to give the individual as much authority over their day as they can handle. As part of good Alzheimer’s care, it also is a great way to keep family photos and critical things close by.
Even the most experienced caregiver may feel overwhelmed if they witness or are engaged in an aggressive incident. You are, without a doubt, the most crucial component of this equation. Remember to take time out for yourself, a breaks from caring, as much as you can. When you devote so much of your time and attention to the care of others, it’s crucial to look after yourself.