How to handle different behaviors in Alzheimer’s patients
The first thing to remember, Alzheimer’s disease can become a serious problem for caregivers, especially when it comes to difficult and unpredictable behavior. Also, a disease of this kind causes a progressive cognitive decline. As a result, this decline can cause sudden behavioral changes in patients with the disease. Furthermore, severe and unpredictable behaviors can force caregivers to get outside help from home health agencies. Preparation and understanding of such behavioral changes can help the caregivers take care of the elderly in a much better way.
Common behavior patterns of Alzheimer’s patients:
- Anger outbursts: Alzheimer sufferers may suddenly exhibit anger and physical aggression. This is one of the most common behaviors of such patients. Caregivers must understand that the behavior is not intentional and is happening only because of the disease.
- Depression and apathy: Many times, Alzheimer patients often lose interest in life and begin feeling listless. They seem to stay depressed more often and exhibit their loss of interest through crying or staying quiet.
- Insults and complaints: This is one of the most hurtful behaviors exhibited by patients suffering from Alzheimer. Many times patients are locked up in rooms, and this is done for their safety, but they don’t realize why this is being done and therefore react in a very insulting manner. They may also accuse their caretakers and also their own family members of not taking proper care of them.
- Wandering: This is yet another serious symptom of Alzheimer patients, due to which leaving them alone at home, can be a frightening idea. The patients often wander in search of someone, or thing they have just imagined. It may also happen that they need to use the toilet and have forgotten the path to it. Such factors often compel the patients to wander aimlessly.
- Repetition: Alzheimer’s disease robs one of their brain cells, which was once responsible for memory and thinking. Over a period of time, damaged brain cells cause the patients keep repeating things over and over again; it can be repetitive actions, word repetition, or even repetition of one particular activity.