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Dementia anxiety and agitation

Monday, January 9, 2017 2:45
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Anxiety and Agitation

A person with Alzheimer's may feel anxious or agitated. He or she may become restless, causing a need to move around or pace, or become upset in certain places or when focused on specific details.



    Possible causes of agitation

    Anxiety and agitation may be caused by a number of different medical conditions, medication interactions or by any circumstances that worsen the person's ability to think. Ultimately, the person with dementia is biologically experiencing a profound loss of their ability to negotiate new information and stimulus. It is a direct result of the disease.
    Situations that may lead to agitation include:
    • Moving to a new residence or nursing home
    • Changes in environment, such as travel, hospitalization or the presence of houseguests
    • Changes in caregiver arrangements
    • Misperceived threats
    • Fear and fatigue resulting from trying to make sense out of a confusing world
    Treating Behavioral Symptoms
    Anyone experiencing behavioral symptoms should receive a thorough medical checkup, especially when symptoms appear suddenly. Treatment depends on a careful diagnosis, determining possible causes and the types of behavior the person is experiencing. With proper treatment and intervention, symptoms of agitation can be reduced.

    Tips to help prevent agitation 

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    Source: http://dementiaviews.blogspot.com/2017/01/dementia-anxiety-and-agitation.html

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