Sometimes it seems like seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia get angry at the drop of a hat.
Most likely, they’re suddenly reaching a breaking point because of built-up frustrations from everyday tasks.
To reduce these “dementia anger” flare-ups, it’s important to decrease their stress and feelings of overwhelm.
We share 9 ways to make everyday life easier and less stressful for seniors with dementia.
Why does dementia and anger happen?
When someone has dementia, their ability to function well in the world declines.
Tasks that we consider simple, like brushing teeth, are actually quite complex.
To a person with dementia, it can be difficult to remember all the steps and sequence them properly.
For example, these are the major steps needed to brush teeth:
Enter the correct bathroom (the one with their toothbrush)
Find switch and turn on light
Locate correct toothbrush (theirs)
Take cap off toothpaste
Put an appropriate amount of toothpaste on toothbrush
Put toothbrush (with toothpaste still on) in mouth and gently brush every tooth surface
Spit out toothpaste
Rinse mouth thoroughly with water – spit, don’t swallow