Dementia Behavior Management

Erin Zahradnik, Katherine Wang, Shahla Baharlou, Jonathan Ripp

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Behavioral disturbances and agitation can be among the most distressing symptoms of dementia, affecting the safety and well-being of both the patient and caregivers. While non-pharmacologic approaches are always first-line management, behavioral disturbances may be profound enough to demand pharmacologic management to allow a patient to remain at home. This case illustrates the role of the interdisciplinary home-based medical care team, the importance of educating family and paid caregivers, indications to consider initiation of pharmacologic therapy, and various therapeutic options that may be considered by providers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHome-Based Medical Care for Older Adults
Subtitle of host publicationA Clinical Case Book
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783030234836
ISBN (Print)9783030234829
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Agitation
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Antipsychotic
  • Behavioral disturbance
  • Dementia
  • Home-based medical care
  • House call


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