Wednesday Workshop – How to Calm Down a Person with Alzheimer’s
Hello and welcome to our Wednesday Workshop. A person with Alzheimer’s could be prone to mood swings. Sometimes, these mood swings leave your loved one agitated or even angry. Mood swings can occur suddenly, with no apparent reason, or result from a frustrating situation. While it can be hard to cope with, understanding that the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia is not acting this way on purpose can help.
To calm down a person with Alzheimer’s disease, try:
- Rule out pain as a source of stress.
Pain can cause a person with dementia to act aggressively.
- Focus on feelings.
Rather than focusing on specific details, consider the person’s emotions. Look for the feelings behind the words or actions.
- Don’t get upset.
Be positive and reassuring. Speak slowly in a soft tone (but not in a “baby voice”).
- Limit distractions.
Examine the person’s surroundings, and adapt them to avoid similar situations.
- Try a relaxing activity.
Use music, massage or exercise to help soothe the person.
- Shift the focus to another activity.
The immediate situation or activity may have unintentionally caused the behavior. Try something different.
Managing problems in Alzheimer’s is possible. Discuss ideas with your doctor, make a plan, and see what works best. If a plan doesn’t seem to be working, call the doctor immediately to discuss the problems you’re having. Caregiver support groups may also offer good ideas for managing behaviors, based on others’ own experiences.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!