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How to Prevent Agitation in a Senior with Alzheimer’s

As Alzheimer’s progresses to later stages of the disease, some seniors will experience agitation. Your loved one may express this feeling with physical or verbal outbursts, restlessness, yelling, pacing, or general emotional distress. Learning to prevent agitation before it occurs can help your provide him or her with the best Prescott home care possible.

Create a Calm Environment

Too much noise, a cluttered space, or even the distraction of a television being on can overwhelm your loved one’s senses. Make sure his or her home or room is clean and free of clutter, turn off background noise, and keep activity from technological devices to a minimum to help your loved one feel more peaceful in his or her environment.

Exercise with Your Loved One Daily

Exercise can help your loved one stay calm. This could include a short daily walk, light gardening, a swim at a local gym, or putting on light music and dancing. Doing the same exercise together or with the help of an Alzheimer’s caregiver in Prescott can also help your loved one feel more secure in his or her daily routine.

Check for Physical Problems and Talk with Your Loved One’s Doctor

Your loved one may become agitated if he or she is hungry, thirsty, too hot, too cold, or needs to use the restroom. Try communicating with your loved one and offer solutions to physical problems to reduce his or her agitation and possibly prevent it from occurring in the future. If your loved one’s agitation appears suddenly, his or her doctor should perform a thorough medical examination. Sometimes your loved one may have an unnoticed condition such as a urinary tract infection that is causing this behavior. Agitation can also appear as a side effect of medications that may be able to be changed. Additionally, uncorrected problems with hearing or vision can also impact your loved one’s behavior.

Though caring for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s can be a challenge, you don’t have to do it alone. Turn to Home Care Assistance for Alzheimer’s and dementia home care Prescott families trust and depend on. By using our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method, our caregivers can help seniors with memory related conditions establish new routines and engage with others in an enjoyable way. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our knowledgeable Care Managers at 928-771-0105 to schedule a free in-home consultation.