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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
The American Journal of Nursing
  • Marianne Smith, University of Iowa
  • Kathleen C. Buckwalter, University of Iowa
Document Type
Article
Peer Reviewed
1
Publication Date
7-1-2005
NLM Title Abbreviation
Am J Nurs
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.
Disciplines
Citation Information
Marianne Smith and Kathleen C. Buckwalter. "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" The American Journal of Nursing Vol. 105 Iss. 7 (2005) p. 40 - 52; quiz 53 ISSN: 0002-936X
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marianne_smith/41/