Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Responding to Certain Behaviors in Alzheimer’s
Aggressive behaviors may be verbal (shouting, name-calling) or physical (hitting, pushing). These behaviors can occur suddenly, with no apparent reason, or can result from a frustrating situation. Whatever the case, it is important to try to understand what is causing the person to become angry or upset.
How to respond:
Try to identify the immediate cause
Think about what happened right before the reaction that may have triggered the behavior.
Focus on feelings, not facts
Rather than focusing on specific details, consider the person’s emotions. Look for the feelings behind the words.
Don’t get upset
Be positive and reassuring. Speak slowly in a soft tone.
Examine the person’s surroundings, and adapt them to avoid other 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 aggressive response. Try something different.
Anxiety or Agitation
A person with Alzheimer’s may feel anxious or agitated. He or she may become restless and need to move around or pace. Or, the person may become upset in certain places or focused on specific details.
How to respond:
Listen to the frustration
Find out what may be causing the anxiety, and try to understand.
Use calming phrases. Let the individual know you’re there for them.
Involve the person in activities
Try using art, music or other activities to help the person relax.
Modify the environment
Decrease noise and distractions, or move to another place.
Find outlets for energy
The person may be looking for something to do. Take a walk, or go for a car ride.
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