Wednesday Workshop – Anger and Aggression in Alzheimer’s

Wednesday Workshop – Anger and Aggression in Alzheimer’s

Wednesday Workshop – Anger and Aggression in Alzheimer’s

Wednesday Workshop – Anger and Aggression in Alzheimer’s

Hello and welcome to today’s Wednesday Workshop. Agitation means that a person is restless and worried. The person doesn’t seem to be able to settle down or ease themselves into a calm state. Agitated people may pace a lot, not be able to sleep, or act aggressively towards others. They may verbally lash out or try to hurt someone. Most of the time, these behaviors happen for a reason.

Here are some causes of anger and aggression in Alzheimer’s:

  • Pain or stress – and not know how to explain it
  • Too little sleep
  • Constipation
  • Sudden change in daily routine
  • A feeling of loss – may be they are no longer able to drive
  • Feeling lonely
  • Too much noise or confusion or too many people in their area
  • Interaction of medicines

Here are suggestions to help you cope with anger and aggression in Alzheimer’s:

  1. Try not to ignore the problem

Doing nothing can make things worse. Try to find the causes of the behavior. If you deal with the causes, the behavior may stop.

  1. Allow your loved one to keep as much control as they need until they calm down.
  2. Reassure your loved one

Speak calmly. Listen to your loved one’s concerns and frustrations. Try to show them that you understand if they are angry or fearful.

  1. Distract and redirect

Try to distract your loved one with a favorite snack, object or activity.

These are just a few suggestions but for additional tips on anger and aggression in Alzheimer’s, feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!