Being a caregiver is a challenge, when the behavior of your loved one involves confusion, and behavioral changes.
People with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss frequently have behavioral problems. When brain tissue changes and your loved one demonstrates behavior that is “not like them at all,” it is important to seek out treatment to get the behavior addressed.
Do not be afraid to discuss the issue of behavior, and the desire to improve your loved one’s ability to function. Aggressive behavior affects the care your loved one receives. You just can’t be an effective caregiver if your loved one lashes out, verbally and/or physically.
If the primary care physician is not able or willing to address it, then head to a neurologist that manages dementia related behavior. Geriatric psychiatrists may also be able to help, if you have someone in your area with that specialty.
Two medications that are commonly used to manage aggressive behavior and hallucinations, are Seroquel or Quetiapine (generic) and Klonopin or Clonazepam (generic). Both of these medications are well tolerated by people with Parkinsons Disease and related movement disorders as well.
It is hard to stand by and watch loved ones suffer mentally. Why some doctors focus on the cognitive management, when there is unfortunate continued decline, that medication is geared toward trying to stall…rather than recover lost cognition…and it can leave caregivers feeling somewhat cheated, because the hard problem is not addressed.
When a loved one’s behavior changes, and it keeps you from being able to manage your loved one effectively…there can be some options for treatment. If we can help you locate someone in your area to help you, send us an email through contact us. " Now Let's Get Going" xo Sally
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