what do you do to calm your loved one with alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia?

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Another Quora question and answer I thought it might be useful to share to help others.

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Whatever you do, don’t tell them to calm down! Everyone hates being told what to do, including people who live with dementia day in and day out.

A good strategy is to not make them feel anxious in the first place, and then you won’t have to calm them down. To do that, try my BANGS approach:

BANGS: 5 surefire ways to stop aggression before it starts

There’s a big myth out there that dementia causes the people who live with it to be anxious when it’s actually a whole bunch of other stuff that, in most cases, lies behind the words and actions they use to communicate and that those around them find challenging.

For example:

101 potential causes of behaviour by people living with dementia that institutional care staff may find challenging

Avoid noise (among other things):

loud sounds and dementia mostly don’t mix

Also, ask yourself these questions, and based on your own responses, adjust your behaviour accordingly:

20 questions that help explain why people with dementia get agitated and physically aggressive

And if you don’t manage to avoid a crisis, here’s what to do in case of one:

Teepa Snow demos 10 ways to calm a crisis with a person living with Alzheimer’s / dementia

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Teepa Snow demos 10 ways to calm a crisis with a person living with Alzheimer’s / dementia

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