Coping with Aggression and Agitation in Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
A person who has dementia may exhibit challenging behaviors for many reasons. Being sensitive to the emotion behind the behavior can help to manage stress and frustration.
Seek a doctor’s advice to determine if there is a medical cause or if medications are causing adverse side effects.
Limit outside noise, clutter or the number of persons in a room.
Keep to the same routines.
Reduce caffeine intake.
Do not move objects and furniture.
Dot the environment with familiar objects that promote pleasant memories.
Try gentle touch, soothing music, reading or walks.
Speak in a reassuring voice.
Distract the person with a snack or activity.
Learn to recognize behaviors – an agitated state or pulling at clothing, for example, could indicate a need to use the bathroom.
Do not try to restrain the person during an agitated reaction.
Keep dangerous objects out of reach.
If agitation increases at night, a nightlight may reduce confusion.
Acknowledge the person’s feelings.
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