Title

Managing Problem Behaviors Associated with Dementia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2006

Version

Citation

Publication Title

Rehabilitation Nursing

Keywords

Aged, Art Therapy, Dementia/complications, Dementia/nursing, Dementia/rehabilitation, Environment Design, Geriatric Nursing/organization & administration, Health Promotion, Health Services Needs and Demand, Humans, Memory, Mental Disorders/etiology, Mental Disorders/prevention & control, Mental Disorders/psychology, Nurse's Role, Nursing Assessment, Patient Care Planning/organization & administration, Patient-Centered Care, Psychotherapy, Group, Quality of Life/psychology, Rehabilitation Nursing/organization & administrationSocial SupportTouch

Subject Categories

Nursing

Abstract

The older adult with dementia who exhibits problem behaviors is likely to be experiencing physical or psychological distress. Both can negatively affect the health, rehabilitation and quality of life for the older adult. Managing problem behaviors can challenge the skills of the most experienced nurse. Being able to identify the origins of these behaviors can help caregivers respond in a way that will achieve behavioral management and preserve the dignity of the older adult. This article presents some practical measures to assist nurses with minimizing the negative effects of dementia-associated problem behaviors in older adults.

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