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Managing Aggressive Alzheimer’s Behavior

Judie Rappaport
July 24, 2017

Dear Judie:

Six months ago I moved my mom who is 85 into an Assisted Living Community because she was confused and it wasn’t safe to leave her home alone. She did reasonably well until she started accusing me of selling her house and keeping the money. Actually, I did just the opposite, spending my money to pay for her assisted living, while paying her mortgatge, in case she will be able to go home again. Now I can’t even visit her because halfway through the visit she’ll start screaming at me. Should I bring her to live with me? I can’t take her attacks anymore.

-Francine, PSL

 

Dear Francine:

You didn’t hurt your mom. Alzheimer’s disease is hurting her. Behavior management is one of the most difficult tasks for Alzheimer’s caregivers. If Mom needed more help than you could provide six months ago, bringing her to live with you now is not a viable option. Mom needs an Alzheimer’s specialist to determine the cause of and to treat her aggressive behavior. Here is a list of experts you can call –

 

Alzheimer’s Community Care – 800-394-1771

Alzheimer’s Association – 800-272-3900

Alzheimer's/Parkinson's Association – 772-563-0505

 

They can also help you manage your emotions and cope with the changes you’ll likely experience as your mother’s Alzheimer’s progresses.

 

Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

Trust Yourself. You Have the Knowledge, Insight,
and Power to make the right decisions for you and your parent. ©

 
 

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