DIMENSIONS Autumn 2001

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. I am caring for my aunt who has Alzheimer's disease. Sometimes she yells and screams, and I cannot figure out why she is doing this, or how to get her to stop. Is there anything I can do to prevent this behavior, or to stop it when it does occur?

A. People who are robbed by dementia of their ability to communicate may express themselves through yelling, repetition of words or sounds, or unintelligible speech. It can take patient detective work and creativity to alleviate their distress.

This article is reprinted with permission from the Alzheimer's Association, Northern California chapter. For more information about AD contact the Alzheimer's Association national chapter at 1-(800)-272-3900.


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