Session 4 Review - Dementia Caregiver Web Support
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Session 4 Review

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Congratulations! You’ve completed Session 4 of the Web Support Project, which focuses on common problem, or disruptive, behaviors and how to manage them. Let’s review!

  1. Has your loved one ever experienced a disruptive behavior, such as anger, anxiety, depression, suspiciousness or wandering?
  2. Using the ABC method, what do you think caused, or triggered, these behaviors or events?
  3. What can you do to prevent these behaviors?
  4. If unavoidable, how can you help to alleviate these behaviors?
  5. What have you done to intervene in the past? Were your previous interventions useful, or did they cause worsening behaviors?
  6. If your loved one is experiencing difficulties sleeping at night, think about if he/she is napping during the day. Remember to minimize daytime napping, but encourage “rest without sleep.”
  7. Remember to maintain a normal sleep-wake cycle (aka circadian rhythm) to prevent sleep disturbances, such as sundowning!
  8. If your loved one is experiencing an ABRUPT confusion with an inability to sleep, consider delirium, which could be caused by illness or pain. Has your loved one complains of pain lately? Maybe he/she is guarding a body part? Could he/she be ill? Consider urinary tract infection if there has been a change in urination (frequency, hesitancy, burning) or pneumonia if he/she has recently had a cold and left with a prolonged cough. Remember persons with dementia are not always able to communicate that he/she is experiencing pain or illness, so pay attention to nonverbal cues!

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