Publication Date

2009

Clinical Question

Does participation in activity reduce agitation associated with dementia and indirectly reduce caregiver burden better than medications alone?

Clinical Bottom Line

Nonpharmacological interventions (especially those that are activity-based and individually-designed) can have a significant effect on the reduction of negative behaviors exhibited by people with dementia, regardless of the presence or absence of medications. Intervention in dementia care supports viewing the caregiver as a co-client since so much of his or her life is intertwined with the client’s life. Viewing treatment goals for the caregiver has some evidence that shows effectiveness in improving care.

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