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What is agitation for someone who has Alzheimer’s disease, and what can cause it?

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People with Alzheimer’s can get anxious or upset easily. They might be restless, unable to sleep, or pace back and forth. These problems, called agitation, can keep them from a normal routine and might become harmful for a loved one or caregiver.

Change can trigger agitation. It might be a difference in her routine, surroundings, or caregivers. Fear and fatigue, which are common with Alzheimer’s, can cause it, too, as can a medical problem.

If you can’t figure out the reason, see if a doctor can.

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

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