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Why Do Dementia Patients Become Aggressive?

Dementia Patients Aggressive

Anger and aggression are some of the symptoms a person with dementia experiences regularly. Individuals with dementia may become irritable, angry, or aggressive even if nothing triggers these behaviors.

Aggressive behaviors in persons with dementia may include shouting, screaming, verbal threats, aggression and abuse (using combative and aggressive statements), lashing out, and physical aggression (hitting out, kicking, damaging property or physical violence towards other people)

Whether you are a caregiver or a family member, managing anger in your loved one with dementia can be difficult. To handle anger issues in people with dementia more effectively, you need to understand what triggers their anger and aggression.

Aggression in dementia patients can be caused by different physical (pain, discomfort, fatigue), emotional (loneliness, sadness, boredom), and cognitive factors (confusion and disorientation).