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Effective treatment of behavioral symptoms of dementia and relief of caregiver burden through non-pharmacological interventions and participation in activity

1 January 2009

Abstract

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

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