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Holding head in her hands

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by CAL28, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. CAL28

    CAL28 Registered User

    Aug 25, 2014
    11
    Dorset
    Hi my mum often sits leaning forward holding her head in her hands. When asked if she is okay or has a pain she snaps back that's she is fine. Mum has Alzheimer's which is getting worse. Has anyone else come across this? If so what did you do if anything.
     
  2. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
    2,739
    Is it possible that she has a headache or eye pain and just can't articulate it? It could be anything really including repetitive behaviour but if it is possible pain would she take some paracetamol if you just slipped them to her? There is a lot of info on here about low level pain and how paracetamol is worth a try to help agitation, pacing or 'odd' behaviours - it might not work and it might not be that but it might be worth a try.
     
  3. Lindy50

    Lindy50 Registered User

    Dec 11, 2013
    5,302
    Cotswolds
    I think fizzie's suggestions are good ones.

    In my mum's case, she often sits as you describe. I have found two main causes: pain such as headache or backache, which might be caused by kidney trouble, or even by poor posture; and just not feeling at ease in her chair. This is sometimes improved by putting a pillow behind her and 'propping her up'. A footstool might also be helpful, but only when someone is with her, as it's so easy to trip over these!

    As fizzie says, it could be a whole range of things.

    Good luck, I hope you find something that helps :)

    Lindy xx
     

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