How to Cope With the Physical Aggression of Alzheimer’s

Try to stay calm. Stay safe. Don’t argue. Resist the temptation to punish. Distract. Self-soothe in healthy ways. Ask the doctor about medication. Consider a new living situation. Read More

4 Preventions Tips for Someone with Alzheimer’s Aggression

Try to keep the person calm, secure, and comfortable. Make sure the person is dry (if he or she wears adult sanitary products) and is neither hungry nor thirsty. People with Alzheimer’s forget to eat and can’t always tell you what they need. Keep to basic household routines. Ideally, sleep… Read More

Tips for Managing a Loved One that is Very Aggressive, Angry and Won’t Regularly Go to the Bathroom

You should talk to your loved one’s doctor about the constipation and see if there is a way to prevent this situation rather than have to react to it. This can be very difficult to deal with. As far as his aggressive behavior, you might want to check out the… Read More

Advice to Handle Combativeness during Showers

For some, a shower chair and a handheld shower head is very helpful. Make sure the lighting is both sufficient and soothing. Enjoyable music can also help. Protecting the dignity of the person is most important. Make sure they feel respected by the process—make it as calm and enjoyable as… Read More

Advice to Reduce Teeth Grinding

Play their favorite music. Try a low dose of medication such as Xanex or Ativan. Try chewing gum. Try red wine. Read More

Loved One with Alzheimer’s is Very Angry, Physically Confrontational and Refuses to Stop Driving

In a dangerous situation like this, it is recommended you call Adult Protective Services and talk to a social worker there about your rights. They intervene when someone is a danger to themselves or other people and it sounds as if your loved one is both a danger to themselves and… Read More

How to Calm An Abusive Dementia Patient

The caregivers should be trained on the following: The disease itself. How to approach the person prior to speak or interacting. How to reach when there is some belligerence. Try some of the following techniques: Soft music (whatever music they liked when they were younger). Soft lighting. Communication basics—calm and… Read More

What to Know About Rude Public Displays in Early Dementia

Families of people recently diagnosed with dementia often complain or worry about personality changes they’ve begun to notice. One common variation: Someone who’s always been polite, controlled, and socially appropriate begins to say and do uncharacteristic things in public. What this can look like: Being rude or short-tempered with guests,… Read More

Quick Tip if Your Loved One is Saying Mean Things

Often the best caregivers become the bad guy. Try your best not to take it personally. Dementia is talking, not your loved one. Don’t let yourself be abused even though you know your loved one is not themselves. This can be a sign that it is time for respite, or… Read More

Dealing with Combative and Aggressive Behavior

Most people with dementia are not naturally combative or violet, but the frustration of this disease can cause problems and outbursts. For anger and combativeness, look for triggers (time of day, too much stimulation). Sometimes, taking a break and coming back later helps. Be sure to take care of yourself. Read More