How can I deal with anger from an aging parent with cognitive impairment?

Dr. Oluwatoyin Thomas, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

To deal with anger from aging parents with cognitive impairment, recognize that the anger is likely coming from a loss of control and independence. Try not to take your parents' anger to heart or to think that your parents do not appreciate you or want you there.

Due to cognitive impairment and changes in mobility, your parents will need to rely on you more, and may begin to think of themselves as a burden to you. They will need constant reassuring and reinforcement that they are loved.

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