Sensory and Nurturing Nonpharmacological Interventions for Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Beth E. Barba, Professor (Creator)
Suzanne Fitzsimmons, Research Associate for the GWEP (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This article is part three of a four-part series addressing the use of nonpharmacological interventions in place of or in conjunction with psychotropic medications in older adults with cognitive impairment. Acquiring a better understanding of the mechanics for how each intervention works makes selection of an intervention easier at the time it is needed. Selection of the appropriate nonpharmacological intervention is based on person-centered care and how to adapt and implement it for each individual. Selection also depends on target behavior, behavior triggers, and the physical and cognitive functioning of the individual with the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Nonpharmacological interventions can be implemented by all staff members, not just recreational and activity personnel. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiative would like to see all staff involved with these interventions, which can be implemented on the spot, as they are needed, to prevent, reduce, or stop a particular behavior. The current article will describe sensory and nurturing interventions, present the evidence supporting their use, and provide information on effective implementation.

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Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Language: English
Date: 2014
Nonpharmacological Interventions, Dementia, Older Adults

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