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Alzheimer’s Agitation

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The holiday season is upon us. It’s supposed to be a joyful time.  For those individuals living with or caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s Agitation, this can be an extremely stressful time.

Unpredictable, agitated behavior due to Alzheimer’s disease can be frustrating and overwhelming for people who have a loved on in their life living with these symptoms. Wandering, pacing, screaming, swearing and hitting can be extremely unsettling symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  People unfamiliar with Alzheimer’s sometimes think memory loss is the only part of Alzheimer’s that affects people.  This is not so.

Alzheimer’s agitation can be disruptive, unpredictable and potentially harmful to people.  Physical and verbal aggression are among the most common expressions of this condition.

Research is underway in New London and nationwide testing an investigational medication to see if it may reduce the symptoms of agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease.  New London Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin and Andrea Stewart APRN are among the study investigators. There are 8 office visits during the course of the approximately 16 week study.

If you have concerns regarding a loved one’s Alzheimer’s Agitation and you are interested in learning more about this research study, please contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567.  Research nurses are Qualified Dementia Care Specialists who will be able to provide further information.