Dementia and Anger

Realizing that your loved one is suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease can be devastating. Regardless of how much you learn about the progression of such conditions, it can still be shocking and heart-breaking when your loved one exhibits extreme symptoms of dementia and anger.

Knowing what to do and how to handle potential situations can help alleviate the stress of care-givers. This article addresses anger and aggression issues that may arise with those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

confusion

 

Sometimes anger can lead to aggressive behavior, which can lead to a potentially dangerous situation not only for your loved one, but also for those caring for them.

Safety – with compassion – is the priority.

While it may sound insulting, the truth is that the best way to deal with a confused person affected by dementia, is by alleviating their fears, much like you would with a small child.

Most of the chaotic emotions Alzheimer’s patients are dealing with stem from their lack of understanding about what is happening to them, their confusion about where they are or who they’re with, and their loss of what they believe to be their every day life, which in reality was lived many years or even decades ago.

Try to remember this.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients are living in a time warp that makes no sense to them; they are scared and confused.

It can be shocking when your loved one exhibits extreme symptoms of dementia. Click To Tweet

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First, reassure them that you are taking care of whatever issue has them upset. You could also name another person that they trust and say that they are handling the situation.

Affirm that everything is going to be fine.

Second, find something to get them involved with that will divert their attention.

A short walk through the house might work, while talking about furniture, artwork, house chores, etc. Perhaps they can fold some towels, look at some photographs, put a puzzle together, or check on some houseplants to see if they need watering. Maybe it’s time to eat a meal or a snack, or just have a cup of water, tea or juice.

Be creative and be prepared.

If folding clothes works for your loved one,
then always have a basket of towels nearby that they can fold.

 

activities

 

Reasoning with your parent might not be the best option. Instead, say what you need to in order to make them feel safe or reassured. So, if they are demanding to go home, don’t tell them they already are home. Instead, explain that they can’t leave right at that moment because the weather or traffic is bad.

 

Resources:

 

What to Do When Your Parent Exhibits Aggressive Behavior As a Result of Alzheimer’s

 

 

 

kindness is never wasted

Benefits of Lithium Orotate

This article discusses Lithium Orotate, a mineral supplement required by the body, that, when taken properly with supplementation, can have positive effects on specific conditions.

Most notably, Lithium Orotate can help alleviate stress almost immediately in some instances, and can also help maintain a positive mood.

If you’ve ever been frustrated by well meaning individuals who tell you “How” to feel better by simply thinking good thoughts, then this information may be helpful to you.

Frustrating meme:

 

Obviously, thinking good thoughts is always a good idea and can actually be beneficial to all people some of the time. However, it’s not that easy for some people and it does not work for all people, all of the time.

Sometimes the mind spits out an equally effective thought form that negates any benefit from the original positive thought. Usually the new, negative thought form is simple and sarcastic, yet very effective.

Example:

“Good morning world! I am in a good mood today!”

Immediate mental response:

“Yeah, right. I’m healed. Hallelujah.

What idiot came up with that?”

 

There is hope.

In many cases, doctors will administer antidepressants to help foster a more positive outlook. Again, the SSRIs do not work for everyone. In these cases, alternative choices, such as supplementation, are a viable option, especially in this case.

Remember that lithium orotate is a mineral that is required by the body. The supplementation form is not the same as the prescribed medicine known as Lithium, which is given at high dosages that can have adverse side effects.

Cost of supplementation…

One of the biggest obstacles to self-treating with supplementation is the cost factor. The good news about Lithium Orotate is that it is affordable.

This is the brand I use:

This product is manufactured in the USA at an FDA inspected cGMP and 3rd party rated facility. It comes in vegetarian capsules and is gluten free. No soy, no dairy. See label for more details.

This item: Weyland: Lithium Orotate – 5mg of Elemental Lithium per Vegetarian Capsule.

Dose:

Most people begin with 5 mg tablets or capsules. This is a safe dose, taken once a day. If a smaller dose is preferred, you may want to look at Ionic Lithium, which is in liquid form administered with a dropper.

 

Please Note.

This information is NOT about the prescription drug, Lithium, which is administered at much higher dosages and has different, sometimes adverse effects.

 

 

Benefits of Lithium Orotate.

  • Combats depression
  • Helps relieve anxiety
  • Improves cognitive function
  • Has anti-aging effects
  • Helps with OCD behaviors
  • Protects from environmental toxins
  • Supports the eyes
  • Supports the liver
  • Reduces inflammation
  • May help with conditions that cause involuntary muscle movement

 

Remember:

Thinking good thoughts can be beneficial to all people some of the time, but not often enough… Click To Tweet

 

For more information:

 

Disclaimer:

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult a qualified medical professional before beginning or altering your medical regimen.

Vitamin B6 Supplementation

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) is a supplement that very few people ever think about adding to their regimen.  In the past, most  people obtained enough B6 from their diet, but that is not always the case today.

Those who consume little or no meat, may be deficient in B6. Also, people over 50 have less B6, so supplementation might be a good thing to consider.

Certain medical, emotional, and hormonal specific issues have been improved with specific amounts of vitamin B6.

Some physical conditions that might be helped with B6 supplementation:

  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Impaired renal function
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Cognitive function
  • PMS
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Hormone control
  • Other: skin, eczema, dandruff, acne, hair loss, dry skin, melanoma and psoriasis.

 

Visit the National Institute of Health for more information, keeping in mind that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is extremely low. Most people supplement with 50 or 100mg tablets.

 

Some testimonials supporting the addition of Vitamin B6:

 

…the added benefit that I felt after a few days was that a large amount of the anxiety I felt during the day was either diluted or non existent. don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I’m cured of anxiety or anything like that but its a lot more manageable. I doubt it was a placebo as I didn’t even know about how it can allegedly help anxiety until I looked it up a few days after taking it, and what prompted me to make the post was that I neglected to think about taking it this morning and felt my old fear return and didn’t put it together that I forgot to take it until I got home this evening.

 

“I was prescribed Pyridoxine (VItamin B6) 25 mg for nausea during pregnancy and I am absolutely amazed. I honestly didn’t think it was going to work and not only does it work, but it doesn’t cause drowsiness so I am a happy camper! I give the medicine a 9 rating.”

 

I always keep B6 on hand because it is helpful when under any kind of stress (and I have plenty of that). I take a B complex, but add extra B5 and B6 when under extra stress.

 

Disclaimer: The above information and references are not intended to be used as a substitute for doctor prescribed medications or treatments. Always consult with your medical practitioner before making any changes in your daily regimen.