5 Difficult Behaviors of Alzheimer's Clients


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Angry Outbursts and Physical Aggression This can be quite alarming. Try to identify the trigger and remember that the disease is causing these behaviors and that the patient isn't acting this way deliberately.

Hand-wringing, Pacing, and Rocking Dementia makes it very difficult to process information, causing many people with Alzheimer's disease to become anxious. Anxiety is often triggered, so try to identify what's causing your client to become anxious and redirect their attention.

Accusations and Hallucinations CAREGivers may feel at a loss when an Alzheimer's client exhibits behavior that is not grounded in reality. Sometimes a simple distraction can help bring an Alzheimer's person back to the present, but severe hallucinations or delusions should be brought to a doctor's attention. Repeating and Wandering The memory problems caused by Alzheimer's disease can lead to a range of distressing behaviors including repetition, disorientation, and confusion. Stay calm and be patient, memory aids such as notes or photos may help.

Sleep Problems and Sundowning Make sure your client has plenty of structured activity and is not over-napping during the day, and a has healthy diet that limits sugar and caffeine intake. Another tip is to close the curtains or shades just before dark and turn on as many interior lights as possible.


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