Managing Aggressive Behaviors in People with Dementia

It is essential that families understand why aggression in people with dementia arises and what to do to reduce frustration. UCLA psychologist Linda Ercoli, PhD empowers CAREgivers with a thorough explanation of the common causes of verbal and physically aggressive behavior in people with advancing dementia.

Dr. Ercoli explains that aggression in people with dementia is a range of behaviors. Self-harm, catastrophic reactions, violence toward others, vulgar language, throwing things, spitting on others, and obscene sexual gestures are all forms of aggression that are prevalent in people with dementia. According to Dr. Ercoli, 98% of dementia CAREgivers will observe some form of aggression, with the likelihood increasing in the latter stages of the disease’s progression.

Dr. Ercoli stresses the importance of understanding the primary sources of aggression, including communication barriers, internal factors, and environmental factors. She explains the ways well-intentioned loved ones can reinforce aggression and increase the likelihood of it repeating or escalating. She then explains the best ways to resolve aggression and decrease the likelihood of reoccurrence. We encourage you the investment an hour to view her informative discourse below.

OPICA has long understood the resolves for aggression in people with dementia. Our skilled staff employs all the techniques Dr. Ercoli stresses to nurture an environment of compassion, support, and joy for our members. To learn more about OPICA’s Adult Day Program click HERE. Help other KNOW MORE, share this information with your social media networks below.

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