Event Title

Treatment of Dementia Related Behavioral Issues

Presenter Information

Jenna Lightfoot, Nursing

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Sandra Van Gundy

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 5:00 PM

Abstract

As a senior nursing student, I have found that an important topic in the healthcare field is how to manage dementia related behavioral issues. The different treatment options for dementia related behavioral issues will be explored, including the use of psychotropic medications and behavioral therapies. The effectiveness and safety of these treatments will be analyzed. Through literature review, it was found that medication is the easiest and therefore the most common method of treatment for clients suffering with dementia related behavioral issues. However, these medications can potentially have dangerous adverse effects, which can be especially harmful to elderly clients. The Food and Drug Administration has released statements about minimizing the use of psychotropic medications by older adults due to their adverse effects. However, psychotropic medications are still commonly prescribed for these clients. The reason for their continued use will be explored, along with simple environmental and behavioral changes that can be done to better support these individuals. In the geriatric population, cases of dementia are on the rise making this a pressing topic. More research needs to be done to evaluate the different treatments and therapies offered to promote a better quality of life for these clients.

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May 3rd, 4:00 PM May 3rd, 5:00 PM

Treatment of Dementia Related Behavioral Issues

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

As a senior nursing student, I have found that an important topic in the healthcare field is how to manage dementia related behavioral issues. The different treatment options for dementia related behavioral issues will be explored, including the use of psychotropic medications and behavioral therapies. The effectiveness and safety of these treatments will be analyzed. Through literature review, it was found that medication is the easiest and therefore the most common method of treatment for clients suffering with dementia related behavioral issues. However, these medications can potentially have dangerous adverse effects, which can be especially harmful to elderly clients. The Food and Drug Administration has released statements about minimizing the use of psychotropic medications by older adults due to their adverse effects. However, psychotropic medications are still commonly prescribed for these clients. The reason for their continued use will be explored, along with simple environmental and behavioral changes that can be done to better support these individuals. In the geriatric population, cases of dementia are on the rise making this a pressing topic. More research needs to be done to evaluate the different treatments and therapies offered to promote a better quality of life for these clients.