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Difficult Behavior with Alzheimer’s

Monday, September 10th, 2018

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s requires a tremendous amount of time, energy, patience, empathy and compassion.  But what happens to the caregiver when their loved one becomes abusive, verbally combative, and generally difficult?

Alzheimer’s disease does not just encompass memory loss.  Many of those living with Alzheimer’s will also develop agitation.  This difficult behavior can include repetition, mood swings, verbal combativeness, resistance, hitting, spitting and throwing things.  Some caregivers find themselves being hit or swung at.  Pacing and aimless wandering may occur, rocking, pointing fingers, and overall restlessness can make for a tremendous amount of stress and tension in addition to the other already difficult scenarios Alzheimer’s can present.

Over half of those living with Alzheimer’s will develop agitation.  This behavior may seem out of character and extreme but is not uncommon.  These symptoms can be a sign the Alzheimer’s disease is getting worse.

Research is underway involving Alzheimer’s patient living with agitation and their caregivers.  Dr. Laurence Radin and Andrea Stewart APRN are among the investigators working on a study locally.  Those who wish to learn more about Alzheimer’s agitation and Alzheimer’s research are welcome to call Coastal Connecticut Research in New London at (860) 443-4567.