Module 5: Behavior in Dementia
Module 5 addresses:
1) Framework for interpreting behavior;
2) Assessment: identifying the meaning of behavior;
3) Individualized care to respond to behavior.
When Behavior Challenges: Responding to Behaviors Associated with Cognitive Loss
Lois K. Evans, DNSc, RN, FAAN
Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor in Nursing,
Department Chair Family and Community Health
School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
Revised in 2013/2014 by:
Pamalyn Kearney, EdD, OTR/L
Associate Professor, Georgia Regents University
Elizabeth Dalton, MSN, GNP-BC
Living Independently for Elders, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Persons whose ability to communicate is reduced because of dementia pose great challenges for caregivers. In this module we will examine ways to understand behavior as a form of communication for these elders, learn how to make sense of that behavior and to design individualized ways to meet elders' needs that may prevent or lessen the behaviors.
The teaching materials for this module include a PowerPoint presentation that contains notes for the speaker. These notes provide additional information so that the speaker can ellaborate on each concept presented within the PowerPoint. There is also a downloadable video below. Please make sure to download the video as the PowerPoint presentation makes mention of the video.
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