Posts tagged "behavior"

“Drug ‘em Up” is No Way to Approach Dementia Care

Ever heard of “chemical restraints”? That’s the fancy term for the “drug ‘em up” culture that still exists in too many nursing homes today. It refers to nursing homes’ use of dangerous antipsychotic drugs as a way to control difficult behaviors displayed by people with dementia. What, you say? We still do that? Yep, we... Read more »

Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors: An A-B-C Approach

Maude came to a caregiver support group wringing her hands together. When the other caregivers asked what was wrong, she said that her husband, Chet, had dementia and had started becoming agitated in the late morning. Even though Maude made sure Chet ate a good breakfast and was clean and dressed, around 10:30 AM he... Read more »

Three Ds Caregivers Need to Know: Dementia, Depression, and Delirium

When I worked as a mental health consultant in nursing homes, the most common call I received went something like this: “Carrie, Mildred’s really acting up this week. Do you think you could get the doctor to increase her Alzheimer’s meds?” My response was always the same: “Did you check for a urinary tract infection?”... Read more »

A Caregiver’s Guide to the Brain and Behavior

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.   – Lyall Watson Yes, pretty pithy for a Monday, but oh so true. In our daily lives, we often don’t connect people’s behavior to their brains. Behavior – and the emotional ramifications that accompany it – is an... Read more »