Disruptive behaviors are common among individuals who are suffering from dementia and can be distressing to anyone who must deal with these problems. Everyday tasks and activities become progressively more difficult as a dementia affects an individual’s ability to think, remember, and function independently. Dementia can also lead to behavioral and cognitive changes, resulting in aggression and potentially sexually inappropriate behaviors. Nurses must learn to manage these challenging behaviors. This course provides a discussion of dementia and the problematic behaviors which occur as well as strategies to manage aggressive and sexually inappropriate behaviors.
Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Gerontologist, is an expert in caring for older adults and a seasoned Certified Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She treats numerous patients in nursing homes, an outpatient clinic, and hospital inpatient settings.
Disruptive behaviors often occur in individuals with dementia and can be challenging to caregivers who must work with these individuals. Everyday tasks and activities become progressively more difficult and creative strategies to prevent and manage these behaviors will assist in lessening problematic outburst as well as make caring less stressful.
Anxious behaviors and physical aggression often occur in older adults with dementia. This chapter will review the common causes of anxiety and aggression, which include loss of impulse control and regression of the mind, and offer strategies to manage the problem.
Older adults with dementia sometimes present with inappropriate sexual aggression that can be disturbing to the family as well as the caregivers. This chapter provides a review of common triggers and strategies to manage sexually inappropriate behaviors, including environmental as well as ethical considerations for identifying and managing triggers of these behaviors.