Caregiver dealing with Dementia Repetitive Questions, Repetitive Phrases or Movements, Anxiety and Hostility

Typically, these are requests for help. Consequently, they may be a response to stress, seeking attention, or lack of stimulation. Therefore, these interventions can lessen the effect:

• Unmet need –  hunger or thirst?

• Reassurance if intimate care is approaching – the distress may be in anticipation of care procedures

• Allow for pain, infection, constipation or other medical issues

• Allow for more rest periods, verbal agitation can cause excessive fatigue

• Consider smell, noise, light, temperature or activity.

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