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.
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.