By Nina M. Silverstein PhD, Gerald Flaherty, Terri Tobin PhD

ISBN-10: 0826102727

ISBN-13: 9780826102720

Winner of an AJN booklet of the 12 months Award! Alzheimer's is instantly changing into the epidemic of the twenty first century. at the present time, an expected 4 million americans be afflicted by this devastating affliction. This quantity may possibly explode to fourteen million by way of the yr 2050, whilst child boomers come of age. Written in a transparent and available type, Dementia and Wandering habit brings cognizance to this life-threatening challenge and is helping execs and relations caregivers take into account that there are preventative measures on hand. by way of targeting particular responses to wandering habit and describing how you can create a secure setting in the house, neighborhood, and care facility, this e-book teaches you the way to maximise autonomy whereas minimizing probability for individuals with dementia on your care.

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Information about other potential "natural" treatments for the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can be found on the Web site of the National Institutes of Health. Some of these substances can have serious side effects. Before taking any substance for any symptom of memory loss, consult a physician. Specific therapeutic interventions for specific professions will be discussed in later chapters. We would only say here, by way of summary, that some of the best interventions currently available are those which: educate the family caregiver about behavioral management techniques; offer emotional support; engage the person with Alzheimer's in failure-free, therapeutic activities on a daily basis; allow for respite during the week at an Alzheimer adult day health center; modify the home environment to ensure safety and a sense of security; evaluate the person's need for medical treatment, including medications; and monitor the physical and emotional health of both the person with Alzheimer's and the caregiver.

1997), and consists of a detailed medical history, physical exam, neuroimaging techniques such as a CT scan or MRI, and neuropsychological testing. Neuropsychological testing often consists of having the memory-impaired person perform some combination Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias 17 of the following: name the day, month, and year; remember three key words stated at the beginning of the exam; count backwards by seven; draw a clock with the minute and hour hands at a specified time.

While other agitated behaviors seemed to occur due to discomfort, pacing or purposeless wandering occurred under favorable environmental conditions: normal light, noise, and temperature, during all waking hours, and with high staff levels. 1 (continued) Citation Definition of Wandering Brief Sample Description: Who Was Included in the Study Study Question Selected Findings CohenMansfield, Werner, Marx, & Freedman (1991) Pacing/wandering a) 402 nursing home residents b) 6 nursing home residents Assessed the impact of an in-service training program on nursing home staff's knowledge of dementia, pacing/ wandering behavior and management strategies, staff satisfaction, and perceptions of work difficulty and quality of care.

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