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I’m a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s. How can I lessen the agitation they feel sometimes?

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Easing stress may lessen agitation in someone who has Alzheimer’s. A few things to try:

  • Cut out TV and radio background noise, clear away clutter, and make daily tasks simple.
  • Check for physical reasons for agitation, like hunger, thirst, needing a bathroom break, or being too hot or cold.
  • Try exercise, like walking, gardening, or dancing.
  • Use lighting to lessen confusion and fear at night.
  • Even if you feel frustrated, keep your voice calm, and avoid arguing or criticizing.

SOURCES:

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.

Alzheimer’s Association. “Managing Behavioral Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.

Alzheimer’s Association. “Managing Behavioral Symptoms.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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