Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dementia & Alzheimer Behaviors

Alzheimer's Disease Can Produce Some Unexpected Behaviors

If your loved one is in the middle to late stages of Alzheimer's disease you will begin to notice certain behaviors manifest.  Feelings of aggression, anxiety, and loneliness can become ordinary occurrences.  You may be regularly accused of theft or infidelity or become an imagined participant in other delusions.  Your loved one may begin to repeat questions or actions or wander from the premises.  All of these behaviors are associated with Alzheimer's disease and require the adoption of Alzheimer care strategies

The Behaviors

Many residents experience bouts of aggression or combativeness.  If your loved one begins to lash out at caregivers and strike staff you'll need to adopt certain precautions.  Be aware of any stimuli that prompt aggressive behavior such as loud noises or pain.  

Anxiety is another common state of mind associated with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.  When your loved one feels anxious offer words of comfort and reassurance to defeat feelings of loneliness and confusion.

Depression is another emotion associated with Alzheimer's disease.  If your loved one is feeling depressed consider celebrating small occasions and offer physical exercise and activities.  Let your loved one know that they are a part of the family and appreciated.

See our second post for more dementia and Alzheimer behaviors.

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