Agitation

How to deal with overwhelmed and overwhelming patients

How to deal with overwhelmed and overwhelming patients

When patients and their families feel overwrought and overwhelmed, a group of cells called the amygdala, located in their emotional brain, hijacks them away from being able to listen to you or follow what you say.

Electrotherapy could be a safe way of treating dementia-related aggression and agitation, researchers say

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Electroconvulsive therapy could be a safe alternative for reducing behavioral symptoms of dementia when medication is not effective, according to findings from a small study.

Therapy animals delay progression of dementia symptoms in nursing home residents, study finds

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Engagement with therapy animals slows down the progression of dementia symptoms in nursing home residents, according to a recently published study.

Drug withdrawals are advised

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Providers should be taking most of their dementia residents off antipsychotics — and can generally do so without fear of relapse to dementia-related behaviors — researchers say.

Feeding tubes worsen pressure ulcers in elderly dementia patients, study suggests

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New research suggests that feeding tubes can cause or worsen pressure ulcers in elderly dementia patients — a finding that contradicts the commonly held belief that feeding tubes promote healing.

Drink your fruits and vegetables

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Everyone likes a juicy story. That became apparent recently after we ran an item about the beneficial effects of apple juice on people with Alzheimer's.

Two cups of apple juice a day may keep Alzheimer's behaviors at bay

Apple juice could help soften the anxiety, agitation and delusions common to patients with moderate-to-advanced Alzheimer's, a new study shows.