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sweetteyezz posted:
i'm new to this and hope that someone can help me. my dad is in a nursing home and has alzheimer's, dementia and parkinson's...he's 91 years old. he has been on a low dose of zoloft and seroquil which the doctor has increased in the past 2 weeks. my dad is still very anxious, verbally combative and fighting most of the time. i'm sure he's as frustrated with himself as we are not knowing what to do. of course as caretakers this is taking a big toll on me. can anyone help me?
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Judith L London, PhD responded:
Hi sweetteyezz,

Has your Dad been checked for an infection or dehydration? If his symptoms suddenly worsened, it's often a sign of an additional medical problem.

A medication review is recommended by me as well as the timing of the medications. Also, is there a certain time of day or situation which aggravates his behavior? If someone notes when and where the agitation occurs, and who is there when it happens, you may be able to change the situation or timing so that he is less aggressive.

Aroma therapy with lemon or lavender scents also is relaxing.

Studies show that the most common reason for aggression among those with these illnesses is the inability to communicate what they are experiencing. Soothing music, lower noise can all help. I have other suggestions in my book.

Hope you both get some relief,
Judy


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