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Originally posted by fleabit
Talk and reason with her?
She is wandering around the parking lot with a STEAK KNIFE IN HER HAND. Her mind is obviously wandering and off in la-la land. You are presuming quite a bit by saying she could be "reasoned with."
Originally posted by eNumbra
reply to post by Ha`la`tha
Here is a nice article, with citations about the effects of Alzheimer's.
I'm not sure even the most silver-tongued person could cut through: (depending upon how advanced her case is.)
Common neuropsychiatric manifestations are wandering, sundowning, irritability and labile affect, leading to crying, outbursts of unpremeditated aggression, or resistance to caregiving.
[edit on 8/13/2009 by eNumbra]
Originally posted by msnevil
reply to post by MabyeThisTimeAround
You are taking care of a Nursing home resident familiar with you in a familiar setting. And contrary to popular belief Alzheimer residents still have partial memory, otherwise whats the use for activities to do repetitive activities to reinforce cognitive function. (Do you ever wonder why the Government\facility will spend extra money for activities while every one else is understaffed and over worked?)
Take that elderly person, place her in a unfamiliar setting with many perceived threats and then see how she reacts. Sure you coming up and saying "Give me the knife, Hon" Would work in a familiar setting when she recognizes you. But try this with elderly Alzheimer pt who doesn't recognize you, and your likely going to get hurt.
That and a CNA in a nursing home has a lot more training in working with alzheimers then some so called "pig" who is used to dealing with crack heads and whores. Perhaps you can start a CNA task force to disarm hostile elderly ladies?