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Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by Reds, Jun 1, 2019.
Husband has Alzheimer's. He gets very too excited about things, what can I do?
Excited - enthusiastic
Excited - agitated
Excited - aggressive
You will have to give us a bit more information as there is no knowing here what the problem is.
Ok thanks marionq.
He laughs at things that are not funny, if we go out in the car he does a lot of cheering, hoorays, cries about things, gets excited about one biscuit with hoorays and cheering and all the time!! Know there is worse behaviour but it can be too much! Sings the same thing over and over again such as wanting a biscuit.
By itself none of that is too worrying. The best thing to do is keep a diary and note any odd behaviour, memory loss, inability to do things he could do before, losing things, losing himself etc
Once you have a list of things that are concerning go to his GP and ask if they will do a general health check and at the same time do a dementia check without openly calling it that.
Most GPs will understand.
Thank you! It is very hard when all the time, every day. Cheering, hoorays, laughing, crying, yeehas its hard to emphasize, its loud and excitable and can happen anywhere and with anyone. Its too much!
This is called emotional lability due to Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA)
I note your husband has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. See if your GP will refer him to the Community Psychiatric Team - I believe that there is medication that can calm it down.
Hi @Reds. I’m no medical expert but I believe what your husband is experiencing is called “emotional lability”. I did a quick google search and it’s also sometimes referred to as “emotional incontinence”. My dad had episodes of this occasionally, although not as extreme as your husband sounds.
I won’t carry on as @canary beat me to it...
But my dad was prescribed a low dose of sodium valproate by his consultant to help level his mood.
I would find that very hard too @Reds Dad sings constantly, nothing recognisable just bom de bom bom all the time and it drives me nuts sometimes. I have no answers for you but I do feel for you.
Mum sings and hums Lord of the Dance when she gets happily excited, very often hear her singing it in her bedroom before bed or when she's pottering and causing chaos putting everything in the wrong place -which she is currently doing as I write
Thank you for very much for the advice! Will look into it. Also for the replies.
Just want to say thanks again to bunpoots and canary. Have never heard of this before and me and my husband have had to cope with this for years! He is on medication for before behaviour tho. I will definitely speak to his specialist. I use lots of coping strategies to cope with the bahaviour for his sake and mine. Has been very difficult. I now feel like saying 'hooray' for at last knowing what it is!! Plus at the same time feeling upset that its taken all this time to know! On reading the website info I see that I have been doing the right thing by avoiding triggers, not laughing when he does when things are not funny, giving him space etc. Sometimes even thought he was doing it on purpose! Now I know not! It has been a nightmare!
Your welcome @Reds
I can imagine how difficult it is for you.
I’m so Impressed too that we’ve learned something new yet again on TP. What a wealth of wisdom and knowledge!
Yes! Thank you for your understanding. Has thrown light on the matter.
Im glad it was helpful