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Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has recently issued a tipsheet for Alzheimer’s caregivers on Coping with Agitation and Aggression. As the tipsheet points out, agitation and aggressive behavior are common . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging

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Alzheimer's Disease Deaths Increase Significantly Over Last Decade

New statistics released on Tuesday, March 19, from both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer’s Association have found that both the risk of dying from Alzheimer’s Disease and the actual number of Alzheimer’s . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Disease Deaths Increase Significantly Over Last Decade

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Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% "Off Label" in Nursing Homes

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released an investigation report on May 4, 2011, finding that among elderly Medicare patients in nursing homes, dangerous antipsychotic drugs are being given predominantly . . . → Read More: Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

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The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease

We recommend highly this classic book on caregiving for those with Alzheimer’s: The 36-hour Day, by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins, completely revised and updated 2008 publication. This is the place to start if your loved one . . . → Read More: The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease

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How to Respond When Dementia Causes Unpredictable Behaviors

This is a useful 16 page pamphlet, provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. It discusses seven different behaviors typical of elders with dementia, and provides the caregiver a three step process to help understand the behavior, what may be triggering . . . → Read More: How to Respond When Dementia Causes Unpredictable Behaviors

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Tips for Diffusing Anger in Those with Dementia

From The Mayo Clinic. Useful tips for caregivers on how to diffuse anger frequently experienced in those with Alzheimer’s and other . . . → Read More: Tips for Diffusing Anger in Those with Dementia

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A Case Study of Resistiveness to Care and Elderspeak

by Cunningham J, Williams KN, Elizabeth Layton Center, Ottawa, KS, USA, Res Theory Nurs Pract. 2007;21(1):45-56; PMID: 17378464 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] . This case study evaluated behavioral responses of nursing home residents with dementia to nursing staff . . . → Read More: A Case Study of Resistiveness to Care and Elderspeak

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Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Inappropriate Behaviors in Dementia: A Review, Summary, and Critique

by Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Ph.D., Focus 2:288-308 (2004), © 2004 American Psychiatric Association. Recognizes that “Inappropriate behaviors are very common in dementia and impose an enormous toll both emotionally and financially.” Discusses three theoretical models to understand the causes of . . . → Read More: Nonpharmacologic Interventions for Inappropriate Behaviors in Dementia: A Review, Summary, and Critique

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Time For Change: The Role Of Nonpharmacological Interventions In Treating Behavior Problems In Nursing Home Residents With Dementia

by Cohen-Mansfield J, Mintzer JE, Department of Health Care Sciences and of Prevention and Community Health, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA., Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2005 Jan-Mar;19(1):37-40. This paper discussed behavior problems in dementia, and concludes . . . → Read More: Time For Change: The Role Of Nonpharmacological Interventions In Treating Behavior Problems In Nursing Home Residents With Dementia

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Physical Activity And Behaviour In Dementia; A Review Of The Literature And Implications For Psychosocial Intervention In Primary Care

By Laura H.P. Eggermont, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands, and Erik J.A. Scherder, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, Dementia, Vol. 5, No. 3, 411-428 (2006), DOI: 10.1177/1471301206067115. A review of 27 scientific studies conducted between 1974 and 2006, concluding that physical . . . → Read More: Physical Activity And Behaviour In Dementia; A Review Of The Literature And Implications For Psychosocial Intervention In Primary Care

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Managing agitation and difficult behavior in dementia

by Kevin F. Gray, MD, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Scientific study recognizing that “problematic behavioral symptoms such as agitation, apathy, depression, anxiety, delusions, irritability, and disinhibition are highly prevalent during the course . . . → Read More: Managing agitation and difficult behavior in dementia

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The Burden of Dementia

by Valerie T. Cotter, MSN, CRNP, FAANP, The American Journal of Managed Care, Vol. 13, No. 8. Good scientific discussion of characteristics and consequences of dementia, and how to handle difficult dementia behavior by non-pharmacologic interventions for behavioral disturbances. . . . → Read More: The Burden of Dementia

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Nonpharmacological Interventions for Disruptive Behaviors

by Peggy A. Szwabo, Ph.D., Szwabo & Associates Saint Louis, MO. PowerPoint presentation, including lists of typical dementia behaviors, and suggested verbal interventions, motor interventions, interventions for sexually inappropriate behavior, sleep disruption interventions, causes and interventions for confusion, problem . . . → Read More: Nonpharmacological Interventions for Disruptive Behaviors

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