It is important to learn how to combat the oftentimes difficult behavior involved with these diseases. A person with Alzheimer’s (or dementia) will often become very agitated. The best way to deal with agitation is to validate the person’s feelings. Be sure to take your time to make them feel that all of their concerns and emotions are valid. Also, be sure to offer positive encouragement for help around the house or things that the patient does right – even if it is a small task they completed.
When communicating with a person with Alzheimer’s it is important to never seem upset. Throughout a typical day, make sure that the patient is given options as to how to spend their day even if it is as simple as what to have for lunch. Finally, give your loved one plenty of time to respond to questions or conversation.
A person with Alzheimer’s will often exhibit non-verbal communication. It is important to try and understand what they could be expressing. For example if your loved one cries when you leave the room they may be afraid of being alone. Try to find a solution to ease their fears such as a stuffed animal to hold during alone time.
The environment can have a serious affect on the behavior of an Alzheimer’s patient. The temperature, lighting, and the people surrounding the patient can affect their mood. When caring for a loved one, look for a connection between the environment and agitation and then adjust your schedule to try to avoid those circumstances.