Violent Behaviors in the Elderly

  • Elderly Temper Tantrums: What's Behind the Outburst?

    We tend to think of temper tantrums as only pertaining to small children or teens, but even the elderly act out at times. Learn what's behind these angry outbursts and how to best handle them without losing your own temper.

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  • Seniors Behaving Badly in Long-Term Care Facilities

    It’s impossible to anticipate how a senior may interact with other residents and staff in settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but staff should be prepared to handle difficult interpersonal issues and defuse tensions.

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  • UTIs Cause Unusual Behavioral Symptoms in Elders

    Seniors with urinary tract infections may not exhibit classic physical symptoms. Instead, confusion and mental and behavior changes can be the tell-tale signs of a UTI.

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  • How to Handle Alzheimer’s Aggression

    One of the biggest challenges for dementia caregivers is dealing with anger and aggression. Understanding how and why these behaviors occur can help you defuse them.

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  • Dealing with an Elderly Parent’s Bad Behavior

    Caregivers often deal with unusual, unruly and difficult behaviors from their aging parents. We’ve compiled 10 “bad” behaviors that elders exhibit, and offer tips for coping with them.

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  • Sundown Syndrome Can Worsen During Fall and Winter Months

    Sundowning can happen with dementia patients year-round, but during autumn and winter, the effects can be magnified due to shorter, darker days. Be aware of the causes of and treatments for this dementia-related behavior.

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  • Memory Care: The Greatest Gift We Could Give Mom

    The progression of Mom’s Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years had been pretty much textbook, but nothing could have prepared us for the decision to place her in a specialized dementia care facility.

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  • Understanding and Minimizing Sundowners Syndrome

    Sundown syndrome, or sundowning, is a pattern of sadness, agitation, fear, delusions and hallucinations that occurs in some dementia patients just before nightfall. Learn about sundowning symptoms and how you can minimize these disruptive behaviors.

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  • Inform the Authorities of Your Loved One's Dementia

    Alzheimer's and dementia often cause difficult behavioral changes that can easily become dangerous for both patients and their caregivers. Notifying the local police and EMS of your loved one's condition can help them better handle potential emergencies.

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  • Caregivers Can Be Abused, Too

    Although elderly and disabled individuals are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, family caregivers can also be targets of physical and emotional mistreatment. What can a caregiver do when they are being victimized by their care recipient?

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  • Alzheimer's: Exploring Emotional Lability and Rage

    It's difficult for me to accept the personality changes that I may experience as my disease progresses. I'm worried about the future of my relationships, but addressing the issue head on is my best bet for gaining ongoing support.

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  • Dementia Agitation and Medications

    Cognitive decline can cause a number of different emotional and behavioral issues that are especially challenging for caregivers. Sometimes the best option for reducing a patient's anxiety, depression, or combativeness is medication.

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  • Armed and Aging: Should Seniors Be Allowed to Keep Guns?

    As with the ability to drive a car, the time may come for many elders when owning a firearm is no longer safe. Their families then face an emotional and sometimes risky decision regarding how and when to remove this hazard.

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  • Handling Dementia Behaviors in Adult Day Care

    Adult day care staff members are trained to handle dementia behaviors, including: anxiety, hallucinations, wandering and aggression.

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  • How to Handle Dementia Outbursts in Public

    Dementia not only affect a person’s memory but also their judgement, mood and behavior. When a dementia patient has a public outburst, caregivers often feel overwhelmed and embarrassed. Explore these tips for preventing and handling meltdowns on outings.

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