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Are panic attacks normal in someone with Alzheimer's?

Status: Open    Jan 14, 2015 - 12:21 AM

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Feb 25, 2015 - 09:56 AM

Someone with Alzheimer's may feel anxious or agitated and become restless causing a need to move around or pace or become upset in certain places or when focused on specific details. A direct result of the disease is the person biologically experiencing a profound loss of their ability to negotiate new information and stimulus.

To prevent or reduce agitation create a calm environment by removing stressors. Avoid environmental triggers such noise, glare, and background distraction like TV. Check in with the individual to see if they are in pain, hungry, thirsty, constipated, fatigued, has a full bladder, or possible infection. Be sensitive to fears, misperceived threats, and frustration with expressing what is wanted. Creating very simple tasks and routines could also help.

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