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Redirecting and Handling Emotional Distress from Dementia

During the natural course of Alzheimer’s, it is not uncommon for your loved one to experience emotional distress from time to time. There are ways to respond positively to handle such situations, which are particularly effective earlier in the disease.

A wide variety of skills can come in handy when responding to emotional distress, but there are several which are particularly useful:

  • Positive Physical Approach
  • Determining the Reason behind the distress
  • Showing Empathy towards your loved one

Once you approach the issue and determine the reason behind the distress while expressing empathy, redirecting is a skill that can be used when dealing with emotional distress.

Watch the video on the next page to learn more about redirection.