Agitation is not unusual among individuals who are receiving Alzheimer’s
care. Sometimes, agitation or anxiety is triggered by a change in the
environment or routine. When a person becomes agitated, he or she may
experience sleep disturbances, display restlessness, or pace back and
forth. There are a number of strategies that an individual providing Alzheimer’s
care may use to assist a person who experiences agitation.
Considering the Physical Causes of Agitation
First, it is advisable for the Alzheimer’s caregiver to consider
whether the individual is experiencing physical discomfort. The individual
may be thirsty or hungry. He or she may need to use the restroom, but
be unable to do so by him or herself. Being too hot or too cold, experiencing
skin irritation or constipation, contracting an infection, or being fatigued
are other possible causes of agitation. Addressing these needs can help
Providing a Serene, Comfortable Environment
Another common cause of agitation is an overwhelming environment. Help
the individual move to a calm, orderly room or modify the current environment
so that it is free of distractions. Eliminate clutter and turn off the
TV or radio. At night, you can use night lights or other dim lights to
help prevent confusion.
Interacting with Composure
An individual with Alzheimer’s who is displaying agitation may be
fearful. Even if fear is not an issue, these individuals need to receive
Alzheimer’s support from caregivers who can interact calmly. Respond
to frustration by providing reassurances with a positive tone of voice.
Encouraging Gentle Exercise
Gentle exercise can be highly beneficial for individuals with Alzheimer’s.
Taking a stroll or working in the gardens can help reduce agitation among
residents with Alzheimer’s.
Avalon Memory Care follows a unique model of
mental health care for Alzheimer’s in Irving. Our assisted living center provides a home-like environment
in which our residents feel comfortable and safe. You can explore our
continuous care services for your loved one by visiting us online or calling