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Of Home Care and Dementia Aggression: Understanding Abrupt Outbursts


Retired dentist Dr. Richard Edelstein is one of about 5.3 million Americans currently stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, though his is a special case of sorts. Living with his wife Phyllis in their Long Island home, Dr. Edelstein’s dementia gradually progressed to something far more disturbing in specific terms.

Mrs. Edelstein started to notice that her husband was becoming more negative about a lot of things, even routine ones. There was also a time when he tried to strike his caregiver, and when he lunged towards the TV as if he wanted to beat up the bad guy in a show they were watching. All of these situations explicitly indicate that the patient is experiencing Alzheimer’s aggression, which is one of the toughest things to understand in dementia patients.
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