Senior citizen undergoes series of behavior change. The sudden change often leads to worst condition adding aggressive behavior. Aggression can manifest in several manner such as verbal abuse, property damage, and physical harming. These kinds of behavior are known as ‘responsive behavior’. These kinds of alteration are identified in people suffering from dementia.
When caring someone having similar behavior pattern, one needs to carefully monitor the sudden change and implement methods which can sooth the sudden behavior changes in the aged care residents. Similarly, research say, aged people living in aged care center’s intake one serves of dairy per day, which is far more less than the recommended calcium intake. The same scenario is with the protein intakes.
Calcium and protein deficiency can have serious impact in the health of elderly people. Dr. Sandra Luliano, the lead researcher from the University of Melbourne urged several aged care centers and professionals to feed rich protein and calcium intakes. She said;
“Dairy foods are a good source of protein and can be easily consumed by the elderly, even for those on texture modified foods. Adding dairy foods to meals, drinks or snacks is an easy way of incorporating them into the diet.”
So, through this blog, we shall discuss one by one about the changing mood and needed nutrition. But before that let’s figure out the causes for aggression.
What causes aggressive behavior in senior citizens?
Many reasons exist for behavioral changes. For some the changes occur due to changes inside a brain, triggering external environment. Let’s take a closer look at the events;
- Health reasons: A slight changes in health can agitate the patient. For instance, fatigue, poor sleep patterns, hallucinations, anxiety, and reactions to medicines.
- Changes in environment: When the aged care people are migrated to a new place, they get anxious, and confused making them take violent steps.
- Anxiety and fear: Brain creates several challenges, due to which the world becomes more frightening. A set of anxiety occurs, due to the ageing process. Communicating with other people becomes difficult as memory fades.
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How to immediately cope with aggressive behavior?
- Reduce the amount of stress.
- Try to keep the patient in the same homely surrounding.
- Frame and consistently follow the same routine.
- Never provoke the patient and be alert.
- Involve them in routine exercise and activities.
- Remain clam and avoid exciting the patient.
- Try distraction techniques such as heading to park or going for a walk.
Eating right and staying fit is an important aspect. Eating healthy food, regular physical activities can help the older people live an active and fuller life. Proper diet and healthy life go hand in hand, especially for adults surfacing in the age of 65 years. Below are the simple dietary guidelines to take care of the senior citizen living with you.
- Balancing the food intakes with exercise- active attitude seek a proper portion of healthy food. If the member is less active than keep the meal size small including lots of vegetables, fruit and salad.
- Inclusive of carbohydrate food at each meal including fiber options.
- Consume nutrition packed meal; serving five fruits & vegetables each day.
- Offer low-fat dairy foods (yoghurt, milk or cheese). Dairy food with Vitamin D and calcium are even better.
- Consumption of protein-rich food helps to build new cells. Salmon, trouts, fish, tuna are packed with Omega-3, while beans, eggs and nuts boost the protein in diet.
- Using less salt and sugar in the food, as too much salt can incline the blood pressure and high amount of sugar intake can cause Diabetes. The amount of salt can be reduced in the following manner;
- Including pepper, lemon, herbs and spices to flavor food instead of salt.
- Choosing fresh foods such as fish, vegetables, soups, and sauce.
- Saying no to canned or processed food.
- Strictly avoiding packet, tinned soups, instant noodles, stock cubes, soy sauce and sea salt.
- Preventing salted biscuits, chips and nuts.
- Keeping the member hydrated. Dehydration causes tiredness, constipation and dizziness.
- Limiting the intakes of ‘empty-calorie’ food such as biscuits, cakes, sweets confectionery and so on.
- Consuming fiber rich food lowers the risk of constipation. A high-fiber diet declines the risk of chronic diseases, cancers, obesity. The good fiber meal contains;
- 100 % wholegrain and wholemeal bread.
- Cereals such as porridge, shredded wheat, branflaxes, porridge.
- Fruits and vegetables.
- Potatoes with their jacket.
- Pulses such as bean, lentils and peas.
Combining an active lifestyle with good amount of food can slower down the process of ageing. For the senior members, dietary plays a key role. Good amount of food on timely basis, somewhat lowers down the aggressive mood.
Wise-Choice in Home Care is a Sydney based aged care center. We have trainers who have an in-depth knowledge about the nutrients, meal plans and the tactics to handle the senior members. So, live a worry-free life, while you concentrate on your personal lifestyle, we shall emphasize on taking care of your aged members. To know more about the care plans inside Sydney and Fairfield, contact us!