Before caring for an Alzheimer’s patient, caretakers should be informed of all symptoms of the condition. Typically, Alzheimer’s patients will display the following symptoms: memory loss, difficulty with abstract thinking, disorientation, loss of judgment, problems with familiar activities and personality changes.
Patients suffering from Alzheimer’s often become combative and unaware of their actions. If the patient becomes aggressive or angry towards you, it is important to remember that they are probably not aware of what they are doing. You should not take offense to their actions or words. Instead, give them a safe space and adequate time to allow their mood to settle. Be aware of and avoid any potential anger triggers you may notice.