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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

elderly couple

 

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.

Anxiety and Panic

While dealing with agoraphobia I was once in panic the day before I was to take a short road-trip with my daughter. It was only two hours at the most, depending on traffic, but a large bridge was involved, as was meeting new people and having conversations with them.

Mighty big bridge causes anxiety for some

Mighty big bridge causes anxiety for some

I made it, and so can you.

I just read this article on Deepak Chopra’s website regarding Chaos and I found it to be insightful and helpful. Feel free to visit and read the entire article. I have included what I found to be most helpful below.

My application of this and my interpretation follows the excerpt.

What Is a Positive Emotional Anchor?

From the teaching of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), comes the concept of an anchor. The simplest way to explain an anchor is to think of it as a link to an emotional state. The anchor serves as a reminder or a trigger that puts you into a certain state of being. Of course, anchors can be both positive and negative; however, we’re going to focus on positive anchors.

For example, an athlete will use an anchor to get back into “the zone” so they can regain peak performance in a game. It may be a visual image of shooting the perfect basket or knocking the ball out of the park. A professional speaker will have a routine they do before going on stage to remind them of the positive states they want to be in while presenting. This routine is their way of setting up an anchor—or a positive state. You can use this same concept at any time to help you get out of a chaotic state.

– See more at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/from-chaos-to-calm-in-an-instant-how-to-create-a-positive-anchor

Application

In the circumstance I mentioned earlier, I created an anchor by thinking about having my daughter to myself for the round-trip and how much fun we would have catching up, talking, and most importantly, laughing.

I then started to think about some of the things I would like to speak to her about – not motherly advice things – but things that interest her. Where does she see herself in five years? Is she happy with her boyfriend? Is he the one, or is he just the right one for right now. How does she feel about a political or social issue right now. I would ask her to tell me about her job and how it makes her feel.

I began to visualize the conversation and realized I needed to insert some humor, so I began to brainstorm some silly things I had seen on Facebook.

And then there’s gossip. Did you hear about what happened to _______?

My visualization calmed me and gave me peace.

Focus on the anchor, and the rest will fall into place.

Also, I knew I could count on her for help and support just in case I had a panic or anxiety attack. She would help me make a fast exit either to the restroom or outside. She’s that kind of girl.