9 Ways to Stop Someone With Dementia from Saying Hurtful Things

7. Limit or eliminate triggers.

Once you’ve figured out what causes the behavior, try to minimize those triggers. If the person is agitated by your fast-paced work, try to slow it down or clean while they’re in a different room. If they think you are plotting against them when you are on the phone, as irrational as the thought may be, try not to take phone calls within their earshot. Some very simple changes on your part could have a big impact on a dementia patient’s verbal aggression.

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