According to psychologydictionary.org, a catastrophic reaction is a hostile, highly disorganized outburst by people living with dementia in response to a seemingly inconsequential matter. Many times, these outbursts are provoked by caregivers or loved ones simply because they are unaware of the trigger it may cause. However, we can lower the number of hostile reactions per day by explicitly stating what triggers the individual. In the "Things that Upset Me" section of Your Care Card, you, as a caregiver, can note the known origin of the disturbance to keep your loved one in a more positive mood throughout the day.
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