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Tips to Prevent Agitation in Someone with Alzheimer's

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Posted July 15, 2014

 

The 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. A person with Alzheimer's may feel anxious or agitated. He or she may become restless, causing a need to move around or pace, or become upset in certain places or when focused on specific details. Here are some tips on how to reduce or prevent agitation:
  • Remove stressors. This may involve moving the person to a safer or quieter place, or offering a security object, rest or privacy. Try soothing rituals and limiting caffeine use.
  • Avoid environmental triggers. Noise, glare and background distraction (such as having the television on) can act as triggers.
  • Monitor personal comfort. Check for pain, hunger, thirst, constipation, full bladder, fatigue, infections and skin irritation. Make sure the room is at a comfortable temperature. Be sensitive to fears, misperceived threats and frustration with expressing what is wanted.
  • Simplify tasks and routines.
  • Provide and opportunity for exercise. Go for a walk. Garden together. Put on music and dance.
Link: http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-agitation-anxiety.asp#prevent

Source: Alzheimer's Association

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