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When a Senior with Dementia Becomes Aggressive, What Can Be Done?

In the beginning, an elderly person recently diagnosed with some type of dementia, which can include Alzheimer’s, may appear to only need some reminders. They are, for the most part, still capable of attending to their own basic needs. They don’t need a tremendous amount of assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).

Alzheimer's Care in Rockville Center NY: Dealing with Aggressive Behaviors

Alzheimer’s Care in Rockville Center NY: Dealing with Aggressive Behaviors

In time, that will change.

That’s because dementia is a progressive disease. There is no cure for it right now, and symptoms and signs will progress. They will become more challenging. The disease will affect the brain in many different ways. It will not only affect memory, but it can also alter behavior.

Due to a variety of factors, not the least of which is confusion and anxiety, a person in the middle stages of this disease could begin exhibiting aggressive behaviors.

What might these aggressive behaviors look like?

Most commonly they involve verbal and physical aggression. Somebody might begin saying some awful things to another individual, even their own spouse of 50 or 60 years, children, and closest friends. In most of these situations, that senior is not completely aware of what’s going on and is certainly not acting in a normal fashion.

The disease is destroying the brain to the point of altering behavior. In some cases, a person under extreme duress might become physically aggressive, attempting to strike another individual, throw items, or even potentially cause harm to themselves.

What can be done in these moments?

The best thing to count on is an experienced and qualified caregiver. Home care agencies have some of the most experienced and dedicated aides who can assist seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. These aides have worked with other clients dealing with the same circumstances and situations. They understand the potential for aggressive behaviors as well as various strategies that could be beneficial at not just keeping them safe, but also redirecting them and avoiding these outbursts altogether.

Hiring a home care aide is one of the best assets people can consider when an aging family member or friend has been diagnosed with any type of dementia. It’s also good to remember that when these aggressive behaviors start, not to engage with insults, throwing things back at this person, but rather make sure they are safe and, if possible, step away from the situation, so long as that individual remains safe.

It can be a complicated situation and emotionally painful for those close to that senior, which is why home care support services are the best option to consider.

If you or an aging loved one are in need of Alzheimer’s care in Rockville Center, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!

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Stephen Sternbach

Chief Executive Officer at Star Multi Care
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York.

From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.

1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.

In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.

Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.

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