Agitation symptoms can be different for everyone. We recommend contacting your loved one’s medical provider or the nearest study site to help confirm if they have agitation symptoms and are eligible to participate in the LiBBY Study.
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Below are a couple of examples of people suffering from agitation in their final stages of life:
Example 1: An 85-year-old woman has been suffering from dementia for approximately 8 years. Lately she has been having difficulties swallowing. As a result, she developed aspiration pneumonia and eligibility for hospice care was confirmed. With the aspiration pneumonia, her consciousness became increasingly cloudy, and she developed physically and verbally aggressive behaviors, including shouting incomprehensible words. She also tried to get out of bed by herself and fell and began to scratch her own skin.
Example 2: A 60-year-old man suffered from a stroke 10 years ago and another large stroke 4 weeks ago. Following the second stroke, the patient developed severe cognitive impairment and, due to his motor impairment causing a lack of mobility, he also developed several pressure ulcers. Since his second stroke, he developed severe motor aggression including punching and hitting anyone who approached him. He would also rip his bed sheets and vocalize strange noises. He was treated with morphine, valium, and Haldol with no response. However, he developed severe constipation, increased confusion, and itching due to the prescribed medications, which increased his agitation.