My Mother is 93 year old with Alzheimer's. What medications can help reduce her anxiety?

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My mother is 93 years old with Alzheimer's. She is progressing from moderate to severe. Is there any drug that can reduce her anxiety? She is now refusing all pill medications.

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Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

You should try first non-pharmacological means to reduce anxiety of your mother. Try relaxing music, comfortable environment, lavender scent, etc. If that is not sufficient, it is possible to make a solution from anti-anxiety pills, such as Ativan. You need a pestle and mortar to grind a pill into fine powder and suspend that in milk or water. However, be careful because anti-anxiety medication may cause sedation, confusion and falls.