Possible Causes of Agitation for Someone with Alzheimer's
Posted July 15, 2014The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. ©2013 Alzheimer's Association, reused with permission.Anxiety and agitation may be caused by a number of different medical conditions, medication interactions or by any circumstances that worsen the person's ability to think. Ultimately, the person with dementia is biologically experiencing a profound loss of their ability to negotiate new information and stimulus. Situations that may result in agitation include:
- Moving to a new residence or nursing home.
- Changes in environment, such as travel, hospitalization or the presence of house guests.
- Changes in caregiver arrangements.
- Misperceived threats.
- Fear and fatigue resulting from trying to make sense out of a confusing world.
Source: Alzheimer's Association
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