Reasons behind Alzheimer’s aggression and how to handle it?

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

“You can’t converse with Alzheimer’s sufferers in the way you do with others; the dialogue tends to go round in circles.”- Kevin Whatley

Though the saying above is true but not entirely. There have been nearly 50% of cases where the conversation has resulted in verbal or physical aggression. Patients with Alzheimer’s have been witnessed to shout, beat, bite, push, throw things away, or through things at. Somewhere, this is the reason why people put their loved ones in the nursery despite becoming a part of their journey.

What are the reasons behind such loud behavior?

Studying the behavior of an Alzheimer’s patient is like a clean slate where every situation affects every patient differently. However, some general factors have been narrowed down that are most likely to trigger the aggression of the patients such as:

  1. Physical discomfort

Patients with Alzheimer’s generally face pain and discomfort due to the following reasons:

  1. They must be hungry.

  2. Medicines must be causing side effects. If yes, then consult the doctor and change the medicine course.

  3. People with Alzheimer’s are likely to oversleep or become sleep deprived. In any case, they might feel tired or undergo mild body ache.

  4. Also, most of the patients have been found with urinary tract and other infections.

2. Complex communication

Often while communicating with such a patient, we tend to forget their state of mind, and if we take the conversation to a complex level, it might irritate them. Here are the few things to remember:

  1. Give clear and simple instructions.

  2. Do not ask too many questions that might confuse them.

  3. Make sure not to express or show your irritation in front of the patients.

3. Environment changes

Changes during the Alzheimer’s are difficult to handle for the patient let they be environmental or surrounding. The furious behavior of the patients have been observed in the following situations:

  1. Loud voices or high volume surrounding the patients.

  2. If the person is feeling alone or lost.

  3. The temperature of the environment or weather of the surrounding.

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