Violent Behaviors in the Elderly Articles

  • UTIs Cause Unusual Behavioral Symptoms in Elders

    Seniors with urinary tract infections usually don't exhibit the textbook symptoms that younger people do. Instead, confusion and sudden changes in behavior can be the tell-tale signs of a UTI.

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  • Both of my parents have dementia. How can I handle their outbursts?

    When both elderly parents have dementia it's a very difficult situation. Seek your doctor's advice to find out about new medication that might control their agitation and verbally abusive behavior.

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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 care recipients are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, family caregivers can also be targets of verbal and physical mistreatment. What can a caregiver do when they are being victimized by their patient?

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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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  • 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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  • 5 Causes of Alzheimer's Outbursts

    One of the biggest challenges for people who are taking care of a spouse or elderly parent with dementia is dealing with outbursts of agitation and aggression. Understanding how and why these fits occur can help you diffuse them quickly and efficiently. Redirecting their attention and prescription medications for managing anxiety can be especially useful as well.

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  • What can I do about dad's swearing outbursts?

    Profane or otherwise undesirable thoughts and behaviors often come to the surface because dementia destroys the social filters which previously controlled our parents in public.

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