Rest Easy

Hello everyone, We know that evening hours can sometimes be difficult for people with dementia, so this week we have a few ideas for how to help residents relax and get to sleep more easily. Have a staff or a family member give the person a gentle hand or back massage using a lightly scented […]

Using “DICE” to Assess and Manage Challenging Behaviors

Hello everyone, This week we are introducing “DICE,” a tool you can use to assess and manage behavior change in people with dementia. DICE stands for: Describe the behavior Investigate the influence of things like cognitive status, environment, caregiver approach, physical/medical disorders, and psychiatric symptoms Create a person-centered plan to address the behavior Evaluate if the plan works (Kales, Gitlin, Lyketsos, 2014, […]

Pay Attention to Apathy

Hello everyone, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil” is a well-known proverb. In terms of challenging behaviors, the man running down the hall naked or the woman crying loudly at lunch generally get our attention more quickly than the quiet lady in room 101 who likes to keep to herself and “isn’t any trouble.” In […]

Activity Suggestions from the National Institute on Aging

Hello everyone, The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has some good tips on how adapt activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease so they can enjoy them too. Household chores like baking, doing dishes and folding laundry can provide a sense of familiarity and calm. The article also gives great suggestions that your residents’ family members […]

Detecting Delirium

Hello everyone, Dementia and old age are the strongest risk factors for delirium, a condition of acute confusion and rapid changes in brain function. It is important to distinguish delirium from behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, as delirium is a medical emergency that should be addressed immediately by the healthcare team. Delirium typically involves […]