Author in the Room: Evidence-Based Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia Using Nonpharmacologic Approaches

 December 2012 Author in the Room® Teleconference

 

Authors: Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, Helen C. Kales, MD, and Constantine G. Lyketsos, MD, MHS

 

Article: Evidence-Based Management of Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia Using Nonpharmacologic Approaches

 

Summary Points:

  • Attending to behavioral symptoms is part of comprehensive dementia care and requires ongoing long-term management
  • Use six steps to systematically prevent, assess, manage, eliminate, or reduce behavioral symptoms
  • Use a combination of nonpharmacologic approaches
  • Keep trying; nonpharmacologic approaches are relatively adverse free
  • Create a health professional team to offset time needed for provision of nonpharmacologic approaches

 

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