Most people associate Alzheimer’s disease with memory loss, but not
as many people know that Alzheimer’s patients may suffer from a
number of behavioral symptoms as well. Irritability, depression, agitation,
and anxiety are all common for individuals with Alzheimer’s and
can pose a number of challenges for both the individual as well as family
members and those who provide
personal care. Anxiety in particular can cause a number of complications for Alzheimer’s
patients, especially in the early stages of the disease. To best know
how to handle symptoms of anxiety in Alzheimer’s patients, it is
important to know what actions can be taken to minimize anxiety and outbursts.
Continue reading for more information.
Recognizing Symptoms of Anxiety
It is quite common for
Alzheimer’s patients to have anxiety. This can cause individuals to have moments of panic,
outbursts, and the need to fixate on specific details in certain situations.
Anxiety can be triggered by a number of things, including a change in
environment, changes with caregivers, and the stress of dealing with such
an aggressive disease. Patients with Alzheimer’s can become noticeably
agitated when dealing with anxiety.
During moments of anxiety, there are steps that can be taken to diffuse
the situation. It is important to remain calm. Getting upset, raising
your voice, or becoming confrontational will only exacerbate the situation
for the patient. Remaining calm and providing a stable, soothing environment
can help make the situation less foreign and uncomfortable, therefore
minimizing the feelings of anxiousness.
While it is likely not possible to remove all triggers for anxiety, creating
a peaceful environment can help prevent anxiety and outbursts. Recognizing
triggers, such as certain noises or visual cues, so that they can be avoided
is helpful. By removing triggers, there is less to become anxious about.
At Home Helpers, we know how difficult it can be to navigate all the behavioral
symptoms of Alzheimer’s—we are here to help. With rapid care
responses and our care check system, we are leaders of
home care in Philadelphia. Learn more by calling (215) 334-2600.