Understanding Alzheimer's behavior
A person with Alzheimer's disease may sometimes act in ways that are upsetting or seem aggressive. He or she may hit, scratch, or fight with the caregiver. This does not always happen. But if it does, it is likely to be when the person is in the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease. This stage can last for up to four years.
These actions can be upsetting and are often hard for caregivers to manage. It helps to have a plan. One that many people find easy to remember is called ABC. Here is what this means:
A means Antecedent. This refers to events that happen just before an upsetting action.
B is the Behavior. This means any upsetting or aggressive action done by the person who has Alzheimer's disease.
C refers to the Consequence. This includes events that happen after the behavior. Sometimes, these events can make the situation worse.
A person with Alzheimer's disease cannot be rushed. Rushing usually leads to behavioral problems that can be avoided.
(Taken from Caregiver Assistance News)