Non-Pharmacologic Management of Agitated Behaviors in Persons with Dementia
The prevalence of long-term care residents diagnosed with a chronic dementing condition is between 42 and 84% with a median of 58%. Agitation is one of the behavioral symptoms that have been reported in up to 81% of those with Alzheimer’s disease. Agitated behaviors not only threaten the psychological and physical well-being of the resident with dementia but other residents in the facility, family members, formal caregivers, and visitors are negatively impacted as well.
The purpose of this guideline is to discuss non-pharmacologic interventions to prevent or manage agitated behaviors in long-term care residents with dementia have the potential to improve the quality of life for persons with dementia, their families, other residents and their care providers. Written 1995; Revised 2004; 2015.
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