Hi Everyone, Many of you are dealing with the onset of aggressive behavior. Often this is caused by your loved one feeling frightened, or confused, or or just plain not understanding what's going on. It sure is upsetting for you,. Here are some reminders:
Always agree, even if they are wrong, and you are right.
Avoid arguing: reasoning doesn't work.
Apologize even if it's not your fault.
Don't take it personally even if it directed at you
Check out my tip on 'Sundowning " and you'll see more options.
Try to remain calm, which is easier said than done.
I'm so gald to see that many of you find relief from sundowning after following the recommendations of your physician regarding medications. Whether or not your Mom or Dad is taking medication, it is still wise to have a plan of action to anticipate the occurence or recurrence of sundowning behavior. For those late afternnon meltdowns -
To deal with restlessness, walk outside or dance to music.
To relax, play soft music with a hand massage using lemon or lavender lotion.
To curb hunger, have a decaffeinated beverage or milk, and cookies. Icecream is always a winner.
And tell your mom or dad, husband or wife that you enjoy it, too.