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Managing Alzheimer’s Aggression in Three Steps

Alzheimer’s Care in Houston TX

Alzheimer's CareAggression can sometimes be a part of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s considered a potential sign or symptom of the disease, and what many family caregivers and other loved ones fail to realize is how you go about dealing with these situations (anticipating them) can have a significant impact on many factors, including comfort and safety for the senior and those around him or her.

It’s important for family members and anyone who may be planning to support a senior who has been diagnosed with this or some other form of dementia to understand aggressive behavior may occur. This is true with just about anyone, including those who have never been aggressive in their life.

It’s possible to manage aggression without putting anyone at risk. More experienced home care aides who work with other senior clients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s understand many of these strategies. Here are three simple steps that may provide the type of support and comfort a senior needs during those anxious times.

Step #1: Assess the situation.

If an elderly person is being aggressive, the first thing to do is assess the situation and surroundings. Is he or she safe? Will he or she remains safe, even if you leave the room?

Safety should always be the top priority, and when you immediately assess the situation, it serves two purposes. First, it helps to promote safety for everyone involved, including caregivers, family members, friends, and others. Second, it distracts that particular individual, that caregiver, whether it’s an adult child, spouse, or someone else, from whatever may have initially been taken as personal.

Step #2: Avoid reacting.

When a person is saying nasty things to us or throwing objects at us, seeming to want to cause harm, it’s easy to react. Reacting in this type of situation, though, is counterproductive and potentially dangerous.

Avoid reacting, even if your emotions seem to flare up. Remember, it’s not the person who has Alzheimer’s doing this, but a symptom of the disease itself.

Step #3: Redirect.

If you can redirect the individual, start talking about what she’s wearing, asking about a sports team he likes, or get them thinking about something other than what they may have been focused on previously, it can help to calm the situation down quickly.

It is certainly difficult to deal with these types of situations for anyone, and when you are a family member providing support and care for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you may be unprepared for the things they say or do. That’s why it’s a good idea to consider home care support services instead.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Alzheimer’s care in Houston, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

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Donna Wrabel

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Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

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