Elder Care Tips: Dealing with Aggression in Seniors with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease for an elderly loved one can be devastating and frightening, but even more frightening is watching the progressive disease worsen, bringing on new and often Elder Care in Pearland TXunexpected symptoms. For approximately half of senior adults who reach the moderate to severe stages of the disease, one of these symptoms is likely to be aggression.

Seeing an aging parent become combative, belligerent, and even violent is unnerving and upsetting. Like most symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, completely getting rid of these behaviors may not be possible, but finding ways to understand and manage them can help you cope with your elderly loved ones’ aggression so you can continue to provide loving, nurturing elder care throughout the course of their disease.

If you have noticed aggressive behavior in your senior with Alzheimer’s disease, try some of these strategies to help manage the behaviors and make your elder care safer, less stressful, and more comfortable for everyone involved:

• Reduce anxiety. High levels of anxiety and fear can cause anyone to lash out. This is especially true to seniors with Alzheimer’s disease who have diminished ability to understand and cope with these feelings, and fewer inhibitions to control their reactions. Focus your care on reducing anxiety and avoiding situations that may frighten your parents. Maintain a routine throughout the day, introduce new people and stimuli into situations slowly and calmly, and be prepared to leave a situation if you notice signs of impending aggression

• Avoid confrontation. Rather than using accusatory vocabulary when discussing a problem with your parents, approach it from a non-confrontational, logical position. Let them work through the issue and come to conclusions about resolutions themselves as much as possible so they do not feel ganged-up on or mistreated. For example, if your father puts his slippers in the refrigerator, instead of saying “Dad, why did you put your slippers in here?” ask “Dad, why are there slippers in the refrigerator?” If he says he doesn’t know, follow it with, “How do you think they got in there?” and “Do you think they should be in there?” Finish with a comforting affirmation of proper behavior that still does not apply blame, such as “I think we should go ahead and keep them out of there so we have room for the milk”

• Look for causes. It is easy when providing elder care for a senior with Alzheimer’s disease to explain away all situations under the blanket excuse of “it’s the dementia,” but the reality is that aggressive behaviors are often the direct result of specific things going on in your parents’ environment. Because the disease makes communication and regulation of expression more difficult or even impossible, seniors with the disease may resort to aggressive behaviors to indicate issues such as hunger, being too cold or too hot, wearing uncomfortable clothing, having a headache or toothache, nausea, tiredness, constipation, sadness, or loneliness. Do your best to track behaviors and link them to specific triggers so you can eliminate or reduce the cause of the undesirable behavior

• Be consistent. Having a routine is only effective if all members of the care team maintain that routine. Discuss your care routine with your parents’ elderly home care providers so you can make sure you all do the same things, in the same way, and the same time to reduce anxiety, create a sense of predictability, and guide seniors through actions in a way that is non-confrontational and unintimidating.

If you are facing aggressive behavior from your elderly parents and need support and guidance finding coping mechanisms, do not hesitate to get in touch with the elder care agency in your area. They can help you choose elderly health care services providers to provide respite care, direct you to caregiver support groups, and offer other recommendations to make your care easier and more effective.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of elder care services in Pearland, TX, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! Call Today at (832) 664-7394. Providing care in Houston, River Oaks, The Heights, Memorial, Katy, Kingwood, Spring, Pearland, The Woodlands, Sugar Land & League City.

Gary Williams

Director of Marketing at New Frontier Home Care
Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
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Gary’s father suffered from transverse myelitis, which is a rare inflammatory disease causing injury to the spinal cord & caused him to be wheelchair bound until he passed in 2011. After spending years helping care for his father, Gary became determined to get involved in the healthcare industry with the goal of providing care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.
Gary completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management on a full-ride scholarship at North Dakota State University. He returned back to his hometown of Houston & joined the Houston Police Department, putting his life on the line to keep others safe. Currently Gary stays involved with the police force through monthly volunteer work, but his main priority is New Frontier Home Care, where he serves as Marketing Director.
Gary is a Verified Google Author