Title

Behaviors associated with dementia: whether resisting care or exhibiting apathy, an older adult with dementia is attempting communication. Nurses and other caregivers must learn to 'hear' this language

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

7-1-2005

NLM Title Abbreviation

Am J Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

The American Journal of Nursing

PubMed ID

15995392

Abstract

Seemingly simple adjustments in care routines and approaches can make a significant difference in the experiences of people with dementia. This article provides an overview of cognitive impairment in older adults and suggests interventions that can help providers understand the "behavioral symptoms" of dementia, which are often considered a way of communicating unmet needs. By focusing on the person rather than on the disease, nurses promote comfort and functional autonomy in older adults whose cognitive impairments have progressed and yet who are very much alive and deserving of respectful, dignified care.

Keywords

Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Communication, Dementia/classification/epidemiology/nursing, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders/etiology

Published Article/Book Citation

The American Journal of Nursing, 105:7 (2005) pp.40-52; quiz 53.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/350