QUESTION & ANSWER
How do you deal with a dementia patient who is aggressive?
Dementia mood swings can happen suddenly with dementia patients. To help alleviate their stress, check for physical comfort and needs. If they are uncomfortable, they may not express it, but it may trigger a mood swing. Also, create a calm environment. When someone has dementia, a loud room or even background noise can be agitating.
Also consider these tips to help you handle these moments:
Redirect attention by focusing on happy memories or an upcoming task
Be understanding rather than confrontational
Take breaks and get support