Behavior Management

Feeding and Nutrition (Dementia)

Tips for caregivers of loved ones with dementia, who are concerned with providing the proper nutrition:

  • Avoid food fights. Make mealtime as pleasant as possible.  Encourage someone to eat but don’t demand, cajole or threaten.
  • Someone with dementia may not know what he/she wants to eat.  If giving choices, give only two things to choose between.  Even if a choice is made, the person may not want it when it is presented. Don’t take it personally. If you know his/her favorite foods, have them available for back up. Favorite foods might change.

Hướng Dẫn Người Chăm Sóc Hiểu Về Những Hành Vi Mất Trí Nhớ (Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors)

The following Fact Sheet is available as downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

건강 돌봄이를 위한 치매 행동 가이드 (Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors)

The following Fact Sheet is available as downloadable PDF document. To view and print this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is available as a free download by clicking here.

STAR-C: Managing Difficult Behaviors

STAR-C: Managing Difficult Behaviors: A Standardized Intervention to Help Family Caregivers

STAR-Caregivers (STAR-C) is a standardized intervention to help family caregivers identify, reduce, and manage difficult behavioral symptoms of their relative with Alzheimer's disease.

Organization:

University of Washington

The Environmental Skill-building Program

The Environmental Skill-building Program assists caregivers build skills to manage a range of daily care challenges including taking care of themselves and alleviating stress. It is designed for all stages of dementia (mild, moderate, severe).

Organization:

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia

Location:

Philadelphia, PA

How does it work?

The intervention is delivered by occupational therapists trained in the program in homes of families.

Why is it successful?

STAR-C: Managing Difficult Behaviors: A Standardized Intervention to Help Family Caregivers

STAR-Caregivers (STAR-C) is a standardized intervention to help family caregivers identify, reduce, and manage difficult behavioral symptoms of their relative with Alzheimer's disease.

Organization:

University of Washington

There Must be a Better Way Than This!

There Must be a Better Way Than This! Offers tips for understanding and communicating with someone affected by dementia. Losing the ability to communicate can be one of the most frustrating and difficult challenges for people with dementia. As caregivers, we're often at a loss as to how to talk with and respond to a loved one affected by dementia. This 1-day workshop teaches you new strategies to handle difficult behaviors and how to remain connected with your family member.

It Takes Two

It Takes Two: A Refreshing Approach to Understanding and Coping with Dementia Behavior

This is a free, 4-week class (one day a week for 4 consecutive weeks) to help the caregiver of someone with memory loss better understand and communicate with their family member by learning more about their ability to understand and communicate. Caregivers will learn new ways to respond to troubling behavior, and feel more confident and positive about their caregiving role. Come prepared for good company, laughter, information and communication.

Montessori-based Activity Program

The Montessori Program at Family and Children's Services' Adult Day Services at West End Place studies the impact of using the Montessori Method with adults with mild to moderate dementia.

Organization:

Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, Inc.

Incontinence (Dementia)

Tips for caregivers of those with dementia experiencing incontinence:

  • Talk to the physician to see if medication, enlarged prostate or a urinary tract infection might be causing the problem, especially if there is a sudden onset of incontinence.

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