Tuesday Tips for Caregivers!
Tips for Coping with Agitation and Aggression
Are you taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Caregiving for an aging parent or senior can be a challenge for anyone. If your loved one suddenly shows signs of anger, agitation or aggression, here are a few tips on how to cope with the situation.
Tips on how to Cope with Agitation and Aggression
- Reassure the person. Speak calmly. Listen to his or her concerns and frustrations.
- Try to show that you understand if the person is angry or fearful.
- Allow the person to keep as much control in his or her life as possible.
- Try to keep a routine, such as bathing, dressing, and eating at the same time each day.
- Build quiet times into the day, along with activities.
- Keep well-loved objects and photographs around the house to help the person feel more secure.
- Try gentle touching, soothing music, reading, or walks.
- Reduce noise, clutter, or the number of people in the room.
- Try to distract the person with a favorite snack, object, or activity.
- Limit the amount of caffeine, sugar, and “junk food” the person drinks and eats.
Here are some things you can do:
- Slow down and try to relax if you think your own worries might be affecting the person with Alzheimer’s.
- Try to find a way to take a break from care giving.
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