Behavior and Dementia

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As the brain deteriorates in dementia, challenging behaviors often appear. These behaviors range from problematic to inappropriate to aggressive, and they can even be dangerous to the person with dementia and others involved. This course will take an in-depth look into behavioral issues related to dementia, their causes, and what can be done to manage them. Particular attention will be paid to empathic understanding of the reasons behind problem behaviors and the techniques involved in person-centered behavior management. Common behavioral problems such as wandering, rummaging, agitation, aggression, hallucination, delusion, and apathy will be covered in detail, illustrating the full range of behavioral problems likely to be encountered in Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Course Objectives

Understand how deterioration of the brain can lead to problems with behavior

Become familiar with the types of behavior issues associated with dementia

Understand the reasons that cause behavior issues

Know the difference between actual and perceived behavioral problems

Learn how to best manage difficult behaviors

Gain familiarity with person-centered behavior management

Learn the difference between behavior excesses and behavior deficits, and how to manage them