Redirecting Challenging Behaviour in Dementia
posted on September 4, 2017
One of the biggest frustrations in caring for people with dementia is what we think of as “challenging behaviour” which is generally defined as “any non-verbal, verbal or physical behaviour exhibited by a person which makes it difficult to deliver good care safely”. This behaviour can take many forms including aggression, restlessness, repetitive activities and wandering.
Dealing with these behaviours can be frustrating and emotionally exhausting the for both the person exhibiting the behaviour and their caregivers. In this video Teepa Snow talks about how to reframe the situation, to realize that they are doing their best to communicate with you and to meet a need. If you can figure out the need you may be able to redirect the behaviour. In the video she demonstrates this approach in a way works brilliantly. It’s definitely an approach worth trying
Advancements in Dementia Detection
The detection of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia is one of the most critical steps when considering treatment options. As with other conditions, the earlier Alzheimer’s and dementia are detected the easier it is to put an intervention plan in place and start helping you manage it. The clinical assessment tool used for years now has been, the Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE). This tool has been useful in diagnosing mild - severe dementia but there is little to be done at this point. There is a precursor to dementia, Mild Neurocognitive Disorder, that until recently has gone undetected....