Most people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia will encounter “aggressive” behavior from the patient at some point. This aggressive behavior can be verbal, physical or even sexual. These aggressive behaviors often occur because of hallucinations and delusions that accompany an irreversible dementia diagnosis. But there are lots of simple ways we can de-escalate such behaviors. Even better, there are many ways to prevent aggressive behavior in dementia care. Check out Jen’s presentation on preventing, de-escalating and managing aggressive behavior in dementia care:
Reaction to recent editorials highlighting the role of viral infections and the risk of Alzheimer’s disease are currently trending on social media. Data indicate that individuals with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) or Chlamydia have an increased risk of developing AD (Itzhaki, R., et.al. 2016). Comments I have seen on social media are fraught with misinformation and over-interpretation.
When your loved one has cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia or Lewy Body dementia, relating emotionally can feel impossible at times. But particularly when your loved one is in the earlier stages of memory loss, structured reminiscing can be a meaningful way to connect.
Here are some ways to practice structured reminiscing:
Ann and Joe Anthony of Queen Anne’s County, Maryland were in their eighties, with a variety of health problems, including memory issues. Their family stepped up to the plate to care for them with teamwork a professional sports team would envy.
“I will never…” This is one of the most common phrases family members utter to their aging loved ones.
I will never…put you in a nursing home.
I will never…let strangers take care of you.
I will never…move you out of your home.
Family members take such promises seriously. But it’s important that family members make peace with the fact that they may not be able to keep these promises indefinitely.