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.
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.
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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.
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.