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5 Causes of Alzheimer's Outbursts

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Seroquel is the most commonly used anti-psychotic in Nursing Homes throughout the world, based on my non-professional internet searches while performing as a caregiver for my wife. That said, every Country in the world has initiatives attempting to reduce the use of anti-psychotics, and utilize behavioral management approaches instead. However, the time expended on behavioral management can be enormous, versus the few seconds it takes to administer an anti-psychotic. That said, there is world-wide consensus that Seroquel is safer than the other, older, cheaper, anti-psychotics. My wife was eventually diagnosed as having mixed dementia, Alzheimer’s, vascular and Lewy Body. The Lewy Body folks CANNOT take anti-psychotics period.

I think you should include "and other dementias", frequently Statistics show that up to 40% of Alzheimer's cases are a different form of dementia entirely. such as CADASIL.

My Mom will be 96 in August. Two weeks after her 95th birthday she fell and broke her hip and fractured her leg. She did well through surgery, but two weeks later she had to have another surgery to remove a large hematoma. It has been a struggle, she is in a Nursing home and after many UTI's she has been a bit confused at times but mostly happy. We took her out for Mother's Day and everything was great. Today she had an outburst and acted crazy, screaming and making no sense, pretty scary. She calmed down and fell asleep after lunch. I thought things were going well but this has thrown me. Any suggestions. She is on meds for Parkinsons, a blood disorder and another med for crying outbursts. Help!

It didn't address the problem of the persons resentfulfulness and anger at losing control of what they used to do. Then taking it out on their caregiver...BIG TIME.
Such as not being able to drive, do banking and chores like having the oil changed in the car....it is very difficult to live with this person. Yelling at me in public...saying embarrassing things...calling me down, and I try to remain calm and try to humour him...but sometimes just lose it. I am suffering anxiety big time. What do I do?

I do agree because sometimes it may be a caregiver that the resident don't feel comfortable with or has harm the resident, and when they see them they get upset. I feel you wait until the resident calm down and make sure she is out of harm way of others, do not crowd them with people because they feel close in and it makes it worst. I also feel caregivers need more training and how to handle outburst because their are caregivers that get out of control. I also think if families were to sit down and watch videos about the disease maybe they would understand better.

Yeah, great article. Based on this, I need to work on the Psychological disorders (be understanding that he's like this due to chemical imbalance in the brain) - and - my approach to him. I'm always in a rush. Hurry, hurry, turn, okay, turn, okay, turn. Turn, TURN, TURN!!!! sigh... I have even made my alarm go off earlier so that I don't stress because he's sooooo slow in turning when I'm trying to change his pamper in the mornings before I go to work. Doesn't help that he's getting deaf and doesn't believe he needs a hearing aid....

Great Information.

I truly agree with the "Good Communication" statement, but tell me, What the heck do you do, when the Dad is deaf as a doornail,refuses to wear hearing aids and now I have cronick laringidess?

One important cause that is omitted and happens frequently, at least here is a UTI.

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lorrie1112, that's really hard, isn't it? A few weeks ago my husband thought he was at a bus station. He'd even packed a little bag, to go home. (He is at home.) I said, "Oh, I'm so sorry. There are no more buses today. Would you like to sleep in a nice comfortable bed tonight and get the bus in the morning?" And I took him into the bedroom. All was well, and he didn't remember that in the morning.

If possible (and I know how hard this is) if you can go along with the delusion of where she is and put her at ease about being at home later that might reduce her anger.