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Managing behaviours associated with Alzheimer's dementia - teaching strategy

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Behavioural disturbances are seen in up to 50 percent of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia. This is especially the case in those over 85 years of age. The middle stages of the disease are frequently the time when these behaviours are highlighted. The behavioural symptoms associated with Alzheimer's dementia are often the source of issues ranging from basic safety to caregiver burnout. Agitation is frequently the catalyst for seeking treatment or seeking placement options.

This teaching strategy on the American National League for Nursing looks at the evolving knowledge pertaining to the non-pharmacologic treatment of clients diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia. It helps students recognize behaviors and start to assess the etiology of the disturbances as the first step in management to provide optimum quality of life.