What Does The Alzheimer's Patient "Feel" Or What Are They Aware Of When They Are Violent? My Mother Has Just Become Aggressive And I Can't Find Info On What The Patient Is Thinking And/or Feeling.

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What Does The Alzheimer's Patient "Feel" Or What Are They Aware Of When They Are Violent? My Mother Has Just Become Aggressive And I Can't Find Info On What The Patient Is Thinking And/or Feeling.

tons of information available on the different stages they go thru and how to cope with them but I am as concerned about how Mom feels or thinks about what she is going thru. Is She aware? Does she remember what she does? Does she realize she is locked up? Does she have the ability to reason? Is she embarrased? I want to know if anyone knows what the patient is going thru.

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This is an interesting question. In the very early stages of the disease, an individual may have insight into the changes he or she may be experiencing. The individual may be able to verbally share the experience and process in some way what is happening. However, as the disease progresses into the more middle stages, the ability to have insight is affected by the progressing brain deterioration. Short-term memory is also affected, making it unlikely that your mother, for example, would be able to remember bouts of aggression or emotional outbursts from earlier in the day or even a few minutes ago. Further, your mother's judgment is likely also becoming more impaired, which affects her ability to understand the implications of her actions and behaviors. It may be helpful to consider that these types of behavioral changes are symptoms of the disease, and that your mother is not aware or necessarily in control of what she is doing. This perspective might allow you to more easily divorce the behaviors and actions of the disease from the person. It is also important to discuss aggression or other behavioral changes with your mother's physician.