Agitation and Dementia - Topic Overview
Many people with
Alzheimer's disease or another
dementia can become agitated or upset easily. It may
be helpful to:
- Keep distractions to a minimum.
noise levels low and voices quiet.
- Develop simple daily routines
for bathing, dressing, eating, and other activities.
- Ask the person
what is upsetting him or her. The person might be able to tell you what the
problem is. (Also keep in mind that the person might not know why he or she
- Identify and remove or avoid any sources of
agitation, such as pictures, objects, music, TV shows, or anything else that
seems to disturb the person.
- Try to build exercise into the
person's daily routine. A regular program of exercise may help make the person
- Check for other illnesses that might be causing or
adding to the person's distress, such as urinary tract
- Remind the person often about upcoming changes in his or her
regular schedule, such as trips or appointments.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 29, 2012
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