Alzheimer’s : Alzheimer’s Aggression: Alzheimer’s aggression most often flares up during the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Understand the experience of your loved one. Adjust your expectations. Be patient and kind.
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Alzheimer’s : Alzheimer’s Aggression: Alzheimer’s aggression most often flares up during the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Understand the experience of your loved one. Adjust your expectations. Be patient and kind.

Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive brain disorder, is the most common form of dementia-(descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain) .Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease in which healthy brain tissue degenerates, resulting in problems with memory, behavior, and other mental abilities

While there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease and no treatment to reverse or halt its progression, there are medicines available that can help treat symptoms in some people with Alzheimer's diseaseYour doctor will determine the best treatment for an Alzheimer's case based on various factors, including:

  • The patient’s age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • The patient’s tolerance for specific medicines and therapies
  • expectations for the course of the disease
  • The patient and his or her caregiver’s opinions or preference.

  The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include:
  • Loss of memory,
  • Trouble finding words, 
  • General disorientation, 
  • Difficulty making judgments,
  • Changes in behavior and personality.

Memory loss or confusion can be caused by other problems, too. Sometimes these same symptoms are caused by an easily treatable issue, such as reaction to a medicine taken for a different health problem, or even a vitamin deficiency.
 
Aggression may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease itself. It may also be a reaction to actions of others or to the environment around the person with Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore its important to get the right diagnosis so treatment can target the right problem. 
 
Alzheimer’s aggression can flare up without warning. 

  • People suffering from Alzheimer may become easily agitated, angry, and abusive -- often for no apparent reason.  

  • (The person may curse, hurl insults, and scream. Though verbal assaults are more common than physical assaults, a person with Alzheimer’s disease may throw things or resist care by pushing and hitting.

No one knows for sure why Alzheimer’s patients become aggressive.

  • Aggression may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease itself.
  •  It may also be a reaction to actions of other.
  •  or to the environment around the person with Alzheimer’s disease. 

However, often there are triggers that caregivers can look for.  

  • By knowing the triggers, you may be able to lower the frustration level of the person with Alzheimer’s disease. This can reduce the number of aggressive outbursts. 

Here are some common triggers of Alzheimer’s aggression.

  • Discomfort caused by lack of sleep, side effects from medication, or pain that the person is not able to describe
  • The surrounding environment, such as loud noises, busyness around the person, or clutter
  • Confusion caused by being asked too many questions at once, trying to understand complex instructions, or feeling the stress of caregivers

Educate yourself about the  Alzheimer's disease. Discuss the situation with family and friends and your Healthcare provider. Taking  good care of your health  will reduce/prevent your risk of any disease.



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