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tyno3
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   Posted 11/11/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
What tools do caregivers have that will curtail aggression before it becomes dangerous?  My Dad does get a mild sedative before bedtime but on a half dozen or so occasions, the yelling, pushing, and threatening have escalated to the point where I either had to leave for a bit or call in reinforcements; a neighbor, the police and my son. The doctor is away, so i asked the pharmacist, who replied. "make an appt, with doctor, sometimes antipsychotics are used." Anyone know what has been usefull, and what is just been more troublesome.

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 11/11/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
((((( tyno )))))

My dad did start getting aggressive toward the end. We managed to get by with a sharp "HEY!". He seemed to understand and it would "break his concentration on the anger".

I found that using that one word wasn't disrespectful . . . it didn't cause more aggression . . . and it was perfectly abrupt to halt him.

Having said that . . . I think the doctor appointment is absolutely in order. I'm sorry I don't know about the meds. The ones they used in the hospital simply kept him "out of it".

I hope the doc can help you. I know that is really scary sometimes. Would you post and let us know what helps or what doesn't help?

Blessings!

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tyno3
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   Posted 11/11/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Rosie, and all you good folk. It seems the argumentative behavior starts around 5:30, through 9:30 PM. A simple question will set him off. Tonight I asked if he wanted to spend the morning with his wife, at the nursing home (b/c I have to get winter tires on, and he hates to wait). Well, you would have thought I'd asked him if he wanted to go ballroom dancing. He shot back with "that's an awful thing to ask a guy, I hate waiting around, you know that," and on and on and on.

Gosh it takes a lot of patience to deal with this fellow at this stage.

So, before I do anything tomorrow, I'm going to make him a doctor's appointment. It will probably take a week or so to get in. They're always swamped. Also, I have to get him on the Alzheimer's registry. I'll let you know how the medical check-up works out. 

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   Posted 11/11/2008 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry Tyno . . . this behavior at that time of day is called "sundowning". There is something about that time of day that really does make them agitated sometimes. But I'm sorry it last SO long in your case.

Does he take ginko? Mom started giving dad Ginko Biloba and it seemed to help him a bit. I've seen others on this site talk about it too. Not sure it will help at this point.

Keep us posted. I know I'm out of the Alzheimer's issues, but I do peek in this forum once in a while to see if I can encourage anyone. God love you Tyno! You are a really special person.

Blessings!

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/12/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks sis
You pop in anytime
'Your input is always spot on and very welcomed
Thanks .......Luvs ya .......

Tyno
Rosie is spot on
Sundowning it is called and I am thinking too your dad is having it last for a longer than the "norm" time
I would hope they could get him into doc alot earlier than that
Can you trell them it is definitely a safety issue for you and for your dad
see where that gets you

Please do keep us posted

LYN
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tyno3
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   Posted 11/12/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Will do. Thanks Rosie and Lyn. I'll tell them about the sundowning and that it went on for quite a while, and I'm scared. See where that gets me.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/12/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sure you will get some answers tyno
I am bringing up a thread for you okay on Sundowning
Either tonight or tomorrow

Lyn
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