What is Combative Behavior?
Combative Alzheimer’s-Can it be managed?
To manage combative Alzheimer’s, you must first understand what triggers may be causing the behavior. Once you know the trigger you will be more able to identify the specific causes or circumstances that have brought it on. It may not be an easy task. The easiest way to manage the situation is to fix or eliminate the triggers. The situation becomes more challenging because it may not be a definitive trigger, or conversely there may be different types of triggers at work at once.
Watching for triggers
Intervention of a doctor is desirable to diagnose the severity of combative Alzheimer’s and to best understand what can be done to manage the combative violent behavior. However, you can do certain things yourself at home to ensure that combative Alzheimer’s is under control.
- Keep the patient in a familiar setting.
- Have objects around him/her that are comforting ‘old friends.’ Items such as favorite possessions, memory boxes, objects they recognize, may help calm them.
- Try to remain calm and gentle.
- Try to divert his/her attention with a snack or interesting activities.
- Sharp objects or confusing items should be kept away.
- React when you see the first signs or symptoms in a timely manner to stop the mood swing from worsening.
We all know this is the ideal. In real life it can be more difficult and slip quickly out of control. If your loved one is a spouse, while you likely prefer to provide care, it may be time to consider a facility where there are multiple aides, and a nurse on duty or available.