AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR

The person with Alzheimer's Disease may become excessively upset or exhibit rapidly changing moods. Sometimes they will repeatedly complain, accuse and insult which leads to arguments and catastrophic reactions (e.g., screaming, crying, throwing things).

Possible Underlying Causes:

Inability to perform task; too much confusion in home; too much stimulation (e.g., people, questions); forgetfulness leading to unreasonable suspiciousness.

Possible Modifications:

  • Simplify task or activities (e.g., put silverware out in sequence for person to set table).
  • Keep home uncluttered and reduce stimulation.
  • Remove person to another room that is free from people or background noise. Put on soothing music.
  • Leave room. Return once person has calmed down.

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