Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Understanding and Managing Mood Swings in People with Alzheimer's (part 2 of 2)

Treating mood swings in people with Alzheimer's
If a person suffers from Alzheimer's, mood swings are to be expected.  However, there are ways to help a patient manage these symptoms.  A few steps you can take:

People with Alzheimer's have to struggle constantly with forgetfulness and the strong emotions that come as a result.  Difficult tasks, for example, such as those that involve multiple physical and mental efforts, are frequently the cause of mood swings.  Instead of allowing the patient to suffer from frustration and agitation, it would be helpful to schedule these tasks during the time of day when the person is most calm and in a good mood.

For people who have Alzheimer's, having established routines can be very helpful.  This will help eliminate confusion and predictability, two factors that often lead to mood swings.  The more familiar the tasks are to the person, the easier they will be to perform.

The most basic functions in a person with Alzheimer's can decline steadily over time.  Abilities can even change on a daily basis.  Caregivers should allow flexibility into the routine and adapt new or other tasks and activities if necessary.

One of the causes of mood swings among those who have Alzheimer's is their struggle with the complexity of tasks or activities.   It would help if tasks are simplified and choices are limited.  Having too many choices can make it difficult for an Alzheimer's sufferer to decide.  By reducing the number of things or actions a person has to choose from or perform, a patient wouldn’t have to think too hard or too long, which helps prevent feelings of agitation.

No comments:

Post a Comment