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For many people, one of the scariest things to think about is losing their memory and cognitive abilities as they age. Unfortunately, this happens for millions of seniors who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. There are many different stages of dementia and each stage impacts the person diagnosed with the disease differently. For those with mid- to late- stage dementia diagnosis, one effect of the disease is often serious problematic behaviors which are difficult to manage or cope with. Here is what you need to know about managing problematic behavior in the dementia patient:

Understand Where They Are Coming From

It is important that whoever is providing care to the dementia patient can think empathetically about the position the patient is coming from. Having to cope with decreased cognitive and mental abilities is often a frustrating, confusing, frightening, and depressing process for dementia patients. Understand that if communication is presenting frustrating challenges to you as the caretaker, the dementia patient is likely experiencing these same frustrations while also coping with the loss of control. Having empathy and patience can often go a long way when managing problematic behaviors in a patient with dementia.

Understanding Dementia & Aggressive Behavior

Because the dementia patient is likely experiencing a range of emotions, it is often difficult for them to accurately express their emotions and feelings. And even when they can express themselves accurately, the things they desire may not always be realistic. For example, a dementia patient may continually ask to “go home” when going to the home they are referring to isn’t an option. These frustrations may come out as aggressive behavior. When this happens, it is important to remember that your loved one is not being aggressive on purpose, but the aggression is being triggered by something such as a physical discomfort, frustration with communication, or confusion about an unfamiliar environment. The best way to respond to aggressive behavior in a dementia patient is to figure out what is causing the behavior and then respond effectively to the cause. For example, if the patient is frustrated because they don’t want to be touched, the best thing to do may be to step-back or walk-away and give them the time and space to calm themselves. Avoid using physical restraint unless it is necessary to protect the patient or someone else.

Mease Manor Boasts Memory Care Facility Devoted To The Care Of Patients With Dementia

If your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia disease, you want them to receive the best care while maintaining the highest quality of life possible. This is what the Memory Care center at Mease Manor Retirement Community is devoted to. Our memory care center features private suites and both indoor and outdoor communal areas for socialization with other residents, family, and staff all in a secure and safe facility.

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