Thursday, June 5, 2008

Agitation and Violence

One of the most significant problems that families face with an Alzheimer's Disease patient is agitation.

Agitation can show it self in many ways like pacing, screaming, hoarding,or physical aggression which can lead to violence.

The key to dealing with this kind of behavior is to find out what triggers these episodes and find ways to deal with them.

Repeated episodes of aggressive behavior increases the risk of violence in both the patient and caregiver.

There has been a recent episode where an Alzheimer's patient shot someone, click on story to read more.

The Tragic Effects of Alzheimer's Disease

6 comments:

ChickPea said...

Fine - and I'm sure helpful if a trigger can be identified. But my father-in-law (95) appears psychotic in the middle of the night, and we cannot see any trigger factor for his aggression that can be avoided.
And NOT responding inappropriately at 2am in the morning after a long and demanding day with him is very VERY difficult........
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Anonymous said...

I don't know what triggers alzheimer patients with their aggression but let me tell you what my husband has alzheimers for almost 5 years now. Off and on he would hit me but in the last 2 weeks he has tried to hit me evrytime i try to clean him up,change his depend or try and dress him he gets mean. I wish someone could answer that question because they always want to say its the caregiver but it is not. I am with my husband 24/7 because two years ago i had to quit my job because I was afraid to even put him in an adult day care because when I leave him with anyone he gets means with them if he can't find me. Its just been the last two weeks that he has gotten so mean with me.Thanks for listening

Anonymous said...

I HAVE A DAD WHO IS IN HOME HE JUMPED A MAN LAST NIGHT PUT IN HOSI, HE IS VERY BAD DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO THEY FEW HIM OUT MY BROTHER AND I AT THE BOTTOM.PLEASE WHERE IS THE ANDREW.

Gi said...

Its time for him to go back to the physician, they will give him some medication to call him down.
If he is eating anything spicy or with MSG, remove it from his diet.

Anonymous said...

my 97 yr old dad has severe alzhiemers disease and on three different occasions has whaled the tar out of me.hes given me a black ete from a well placed punch to my face,has thrown the handpiece of a wall phone at me ( it missed me by inches) and hes thron me to the tile floor and sat on my chest and with his massive hands tried strangling me.i am now under dss adult protective services,if needed i wont hesitate ti have my dad encarcerated.hes extremely off the beam and doesnt know what hes doing but in the meantime im his punching bag.

Anonymous said...

My 80 year old mother has always been so understanding, sweet and caring...now with alzheimers, she is very violent. I worry for my father, he is her caregiver, and she may hurt him. She will hit a sleeping person, what can you do? Do they ever sedate them?