Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support
Understanding and Responding to Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
Last Reviewed: August 1, 2018
What You’ll Learn
- Understand that behavioral symptoms of dementia are a form of communicating unmet needs, untreated symptoms, or other distress
- Describe the difference between behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and the different patient, caregiver, and environmental factors that can lead to these symptoms
- Employ a framework for finding the root cause of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, and describe both non-pharmacological and pharmacological responses to these symptoms
This course was created with generous support from the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Institute.
What You’ll Earn
CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:
Case Management: 1.00 CE
Licensed Professional Counselors: 1.00 CE
Medicine: 0.75 CME, 0.75 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 1.00 CNE, 0.40 Pharmacotherapy
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
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Tools & Resources
Dementia Care Resources for Caregivers
Last Updated: March 21, 2019
Print or email this handout of caregiver resources for education and support.download
Common Pharmacologic Therapies Used to Treat Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia
Last Updated: January 29, 2019
Evidence-based indications, benefits, and cautions for using medication to treat the behavioral symptoms of dementia. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.members login
Course References: Understanding and Responding to Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
Last Updated: July 7, 2019
Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.members login
Cindy Barton, MSN, GNP, BC. Nurse Practitioner, UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
Andrew E. Esch, MD, MBA. Consultant Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Stefanie Bonigut, LCSW. Family Services Manager. Alzheimer's Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada.
Jim Palmer, MSW, LCSW. Palliative Care Social Worker. Mount Sinai Hospital.
Marta Kazandijan, MA, CCC-SLP, BSC-S. Director, Division Speech Pathology and Swallowing. New York Presbyterian Queens and Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Gina Decker. Caregiver.
Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Melissa Bakar, MD. Integrated Fellow in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Mount Sinai Hospital.
Nora Brennan, RN. Cardiology. University of Pennsylvania Hospital System.
Timothy Adams, RN. Palliative Care. Tanner Medical Center.
Kristin Chouinard, RN, CHPN. Gerontology. North Shore Elder Services, Partners Healthcare.
Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.
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