Peter V. Rabins, MD, MPH
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Alzheimer’s Disease: Catastrophic Reactions and Other Fear-Induced Behaviors
Extreme agitation, outbursts and catastrophic reactions are some of the most difficult behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease reported by staff. These behaviors are emotionally distressing and even potentially dangerous for staff, the resident and other residents in the immediate area. By understanding what triggers or causes these behaviors, in many instances they can be prevented.
In a discussion with Dr. Peter V. Rabins, staff identify multiple situations which can precipitate catastrophic reactions. These include: a resident with Alzheimer’s disease being approached by someone they don’t remember or know; a caregiver attempting to provide personal care; a change in environment such as a new room or roommate; a change in routine; a change in care provider; or even a change in where the resident sits at mealtimes. While these are some of the most usually encountered situations which can cause a fearful or catastrophic reaction, nursing staff emphasize that each individual resident with Alzheimer’s responds differently.
Knowing each individual is the best way to avoid catastrophic reactions.
Topics: behaviors association with Alzheimer’s disease, catastrophic reactions, agitation, fear, dementia, long-term care, assisted living
Audience: Nursing staff in long term care and assisted living; students in nursing assistant training programs, allied health and nursing.
This DVD video is part of the “Alzheimer’s Disease: A World of Fear” series.
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