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“The better solution is to say as little as possible about the fact that they have all of their belongings packed and instead try to redirect them—find another activity, go for a walk, get a snack, etc.,” says Napoletan.“If they ask specific questions such as ‘When are we leaving?Mid-to-late stage dementia often presents challenging behavior problems.The anger, confusion, fear, paranoia and sadness that people with the disease are experiencing can result in aggressive and sometimes violent actions.Likewise, touching her—even to try and hold her hand or gently rub her arm or leg—might result in her taking a swing.The best course of action in that case was to walk away and let her have the space she needed.” DON’T: “The worst thing you can do is engage in an argument or force the issue that’s creating the aggression,” Napoletan says. ” Explanation: Wanting to go home is one of the most common reactions for an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient living in a memory care facility.“In my mom’s case, she didn’t like to be fussed over.If she was upset, oftentimes trying to talk to her and calm her down only served to agitate her more.
For her caregivers, it was often getting dressed or bathing that provoked aggression.” DO: The key to responding to aggression caused by dementia is to try to identify the cause—what is the person feeling to make them behave aggressively?
“Sometimes payments are delinquent or bills aren’t being paid at all.” You can also flip through their checkbook and look at the math, or have them figure out the tip at a restaurant.
The Alzheimer’s Association says to be encouraging and reassuring if you’re seeing these changes happen.
At the time, she was living independently and was very adamant about remaining in her house.
Any discussion to the contrary, or really any comment that eluded to the fact that she may be slipping, was met with either rage or tears.