-Dr. Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Aggression, whether verbal or physical, is just one of the many serious affects in the form of Alzheimer’s. These feelings of aggression can come from the frustration that one feels while having Alzheimer’s.
Caretakers should create a safe environment by clearing the room of sharp objects and speaking to the person in a calm manner. The caretaker should also figure out what is causing this bout of aggression and make the appropriate changes.
Often times, aggression is a consequence of the person’s physical discomfort due to Alzheimer’s that they are having difficulty putting into words. In this situation it is wise to go to a doctor as their may be a medical reasoning to the person’s discomfort and therefore, the aggression.
When the aggression becomes violent, family members are forced to put their loved one on medications.
One thing that is important for all caregivers to remember is that this behavioral change of aggression is not on purpose. Those with Alzheimer’s deal with intense feelings of failure, depression, etc. that caregivers must deal with the utmost sensitivity when dealing with such situations.