It's 6pm. You’re tired. It's late and you've had a long day. After scrambling to make dinner, you take a meal to your loved one. They stare and grumble, "I'm not hungry. I don't want to eat."
Lovingly, you attempt to help them. Then, it happens. Food flies everywhere and the next thing you know you feel sudden pain. Could your loved one who you know to be passive becoming violent?
Physical danger and mood swings among Alzheimer’s Patients can be a real thing.
Irregular irritability, mood swings, and sometimes violent outburst from your loved one, can be common among caregivers. Please know you are not alone. This is just one symptom of the disease.
The behavior may seem out of the ordinary and maybe you don’t know how to approach it. Here’s three tips to help you cope:
Don’t Take It Personal. I know it’s hard and it hurts sometimes, but remember this isn’t your loved one. Alzheimer’s takes its toll. Remember to stay calm. Project positivity even when they are not receptive. Feeling inadequate at times comes with the territory. Don’t let feelings take over. Although they might not be able to say it, your loved one loves and appreciates all you do.
Triggering Situations. Most times the mood and emotional changes can be spontaneous. These changes are likely connected to environment, people, or their general surroundings. If you’re able to connect the negative behavior to certain situations or even the time of day, the chance of preventing or reducing the behavior gets easier.
Medical Evaluation. Never forget the majority of sudden behavior changes are caused by the effect Alzheimer’s disease has on the brain. Although this is the case, It’s still very important to periodically get your loved one checked by a doctor. Behavior changes can also be linked to discomfort from a medical condition or even side effects from medications. Better understanding the underlying issue can help you find out what’s really going on.
LifeGuides Salutes You. We know you’re doing your best as a caregiver and no matter what your loved one is doing or saying, they know that too. Alzheimer’s disease will cause changes in their behavior , but don’t worry you’ve got this and LifeGuides is here for those days you feel like you don’t!
LifeGuides Salutes You. We know you’re doing your best as a caregiver and no matter what your loved one is doing or saying, they know that too. Alzheimer’s disease will make them behave in alternative ways, but don’t worry you’ve got this and LifeGuides is here for those days you feel like you don’t!