8 Reasons Why Alzheimer’s Patients Yell And Lash Out — And What You Can Do About It
A common struggle caregivers experience while caring for Alzheimer’s patients is misunderstanding the patient’s needs and desires. People with Alzheimer’s have trouble verbalizing what they need, which can result in screaming and shouting. For a caregiver, the challenge is to identify the need and find a solution. Although it can be stressful to pinpoint the cause, especially if the screaming continues for long periods of time, it’s important to stay calm and address the issue as best you can. With kindness and an understanding tone, you can help ease your loved one’s discomfort, and hopefully resolve the issue. Here are some of the reasons why people with Alzheimer’s scream and shout — and some steps you can take toward handling their behavior.
8. Communicating a Need
As previously mentioned, a common reason why people with Alzheimer’s scream is because they’re trying to let you know they need something. When trying to figure out what that is, start with the basics: are they hungry? Thirsty? Too hot? Is a favorite comfort item just out of reach? In some cases, the screaming may be in response to something that may be frightening them. Look around the room to see if there is something in particular that may be disturbing them.
Disorientation is all too common for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. With the confusion brought on by their disease may come other restless feelings. Your loved one may be afraid that they will somehow miss out on an important event, such as missing meal time, or a visit from a family member, or a favorite TV show. In these instances, you can help your loved one by talking with them and assuring them that they haven’t missed anything.
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