HOW TO DEAL WITH ANGER, FRUSTRATION & FIGHTING WITH ALZHEIMERS OR DEMENTIA SUFFERS.

 

Curantis Home Carers Alzheimers

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People with Alzheimer’s or dementia can get confused depressed, and angry. Their feelings and actions are sometimes hard for them to control.

  • They may hit and yell
  • Don’t take their words or actions personally.
  • Listen to what they mean, not what they are saying.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Keep Things Simple

  • Tyr to match tasks and what you expect with what the person can do.
  • Keep your home quiet and calm when you can.
  • Speak slowly and try not to say too much.

Make a Change

  • Offer a treat like a cookie or some ice cream.
  • Lead the person to a different room.
  • Offer to let them watch a TV show or let them listen to some music.
  • Ask questions about topics the dementia or Alzheimer’s suffer enjoys.

Be Safe

  • Remove all dangerous objects.
  • If the behaviour becomes scary back away slowly.
  • Never provoke or argue in these situations.

 

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

People with Alzheimer’s or dementia might:

  • Be confused by
  • New places or people
  • Something they see and don’t know.

 

  • Become frustrated because they can’t:
  • Pull on sweater
  • Open a door.
  • Find a lost item like purse, wallet or glasses.

 

  • Be frightened or scared of:
  • The shower or bath
  • A new place or person.

 

The more time one take’s to understand the conditions and there effects it has mainly on the elderly the easier it will become to deal with it.

It’s important to remember that allot of what happens and is said and done is illness related.

It may seem personal, but understanding the conditions is key to a health relationship when dealing with elderly who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Knowledge is power in these situations.

Gary Jansen

Curantis Home Carers