Why does my loved one with Alzheimer’s get aggressive? Tips for dealing with Alzheimer’s Aggression
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing health problem in India, with 14.2% of the population affected by the disease. The disease mostly affects the elderly, more than 60 years. It is challenging to manage patients who have Alzheimer’s because of the agitation and aggressive nature of patients that become worse with time. Aggression often leads to hitting or lashing out verbally to the caregiver. And agitation may cause sleeplessness, stress, depression. Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are pain, anxiety, depression, little sleep, constipation, soiled underwear, feeling lonely, feeling of loss, too much noise or confusion, or too many people in the room and being pushed by others to do something—for example, to bathe or remember events or people—when Alzheimer’s has made the activity very hard or impossible. These symptoms make it very difficult for the caregiver to deal with Alzheimer’s patients. Caregiving needs commitment and presence of mind once you need to deal with Alzheimer’s patients.
Why does your loved one with Alzheimer’s get aggressive?
As the disease progresses, the patient becomes more agitated, Stressed, and anxious. The condition of the patients may worsen with time. The frustration may sometimes result in restlessness and can make patients more aggressive for the caregiver. The aggression can be seen verbally as abusing or lashing out or physically hitting. Aggression can be the result of some underlying cause. This can be because of a lack of recognition. When a patient is trying hard to recognize someone or something but unable to do so, it can trigger an abnormal behavior.
Aggression can also be because of frequent change in mood, feeling lonely, feeling of loss, environmental changes, or because of any typical symptoms of Alzheimer’s, that has worsened. Coping with aggression can be done if you, as a caregiver, understand the underlying cause and the early warning signs.
Tips for dealing with Alzheimer’s Aggression
As a caregiver, it is challenging to deal with the aggressive nature of Alzheimer’s patients. The first thing you can do is to notice the early warning signs. The patient can show new and abnormal behavior as the disease progresses. Patients can indicate a lack of interest in things they formerly enjoyed, imagining things that aren’t there, wandering or pacing, and misunderstanding sights and sounds. As a caregiver, you must notice these early signs that can lead to agitation and further aggression.
Here I am suggesting tips to deal with Alzheimer’s aggression
- Maintain a safe distance and try to calm the patient speaking slowly and clearly.
- Reassure the patient and listen to his frustration, understand the underlying cause, and act with the presence of mind.
- Reduce the noise or clutter or the number of people in the room.
- Try to distract the patients by bringing a favorite snack or playing music, or doing something they love.
- Limit junkies and caffeine
- Maintain a simple and structured daily routine.
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