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Behavioral psychological symptoms dementia

Patricia C Griffiths, Mariya Kovaleva, Melinda Higgins, Ashley H Langston, Kenneth Hepburn
INTRODUCTION: This study examined the feasibility and efficacy of Tele-Savvy, an online version of the Savvy Caregiver Program, a psychoeducation program for caregivers caring for a person with dementia. METHODS: A convenience sample of 22 caregivers from the Atlanta VA and 42 caregivers from 14 different states enrolled in Tele-Savvy. Pre- and post-program evaluations assessed caregiver burden, caregiver competency, and frequency of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Hiroaki Kazui
Previous systematic reviews of non-pharmacological interventions for clinical symptoms in dementia patients have confirmed the effectiveness of cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for cognitive impairment, exercise therapy for activities of daily living, and music therapy and behavior management techniques for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). A Japanese version of CST has been developed and is available, but standardized exercise therapy and music therapy have not been developed. It is also important for informal and formal caregivers to learn behavior management techniques...
March 2018: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
Kristine Williams, Diane Blyler, Eric D Vidoni, Clarissa Shaw, JoEllen Wurth, Denise Seabold, Yelena Perkhounkova, Angela Van Sciver
The number of persons with dementia (PWD) in the United States is expected to reach 16 million by 2050. Due to the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, caregivers face challenging in-home care situations that lead to a range of negative health outcomes such as anxiety and depression for the caregivers and nursing home placement for PWD. Supporting Family Caregivers with Technology for Dementia Home Care (FamTechCare) is a multisite randomized controlled trial evaluating the effects of a telehealth intervention on caregiver well-being and PWD behavioral symptoms...
March 5, 2018: Research in Nursing & Health
Raquel Baeta-Corral, Björn Johansson, Lydia Giménez-Llort
Coffee or caffeine has recently been suggested as prophylaxis for dementia. Although memory problems are hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease, this dementia is also characterized by neuropsychiatric symptoms called Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). The impact of preventive/therapeutic strategies on both cognitive and non-cognitive symptoms can be addressed in the 3xTg-AD mice, since they exhibit cognitive but also BPSD-like profiles. Here, we studied the long-term effects of a low dose of caffeine in male 3xTg-AD mice and as compared to age-matched non-transgenic (NTg) counterparts with normal aging...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Barbara Resnick, Ann Kolanowski, Kimberly Van Haitsma, Elizabeth Galik, Marie Boltz, Jeanette Ellis, Liza Behrens, Nina M Flanagan, Karen J Eshraghi, Shijun Zhu
Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) include aggression, agitation, resistiveness to care, depression, anxiety, apathy, and hallucinations. BPSD are common in nursing home residents and can be ameliorated using person-centered approaches. Despite regulatory requirements, less than 2% of nursing homes consistently implement person-centered behavioral approaches. In a National Institute of Nursing Research-funded research protocol, we are implementing a pragmatic cluster randomized clinical trial designed to enable staff in nursing homes to reduce BPSD using behavioral approaches while optimizing function, preventing adverse events, and improving quality of life of residents...
February 27, 2018: Research in Nursing & Health
Elizabeth G Birkenhäger-Gillesse, Boudewijn J Kollen, Wilco P Achterberg, Froukje Boersma, Lydia Jongman, Sytse U Zuidema
BACKGROUND: Dementia is often accompanied by neuropsychiatric symptoms. Psychotropic drugs for the treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms are frequently used to manage these problems, but they are of limited effectiveness and can have serious side effects. Psychosocial interventions are advocated as first line treatment and may help to reduce psychotropic drug use. AIMS: To assess the effect of multidisciplinary psychosocial interventions in nursing homes on the psychotropic drug prescription rate...
March 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Rainbow Th Ho, Ted Ct Fong, C Y Sing, Pandora Ht Lee, Alice Bk Leung, Kitty Sm Chung, Janet Kl Kwok
The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of a group music intervention in managing behavioral and psychological symptoms in Chinese elderly with dementia. This cluster randomized trial recruited 73 elderly participants with moderate dementia from 10 elderly residential homes and assigned them to the intervention ( n = 40) and control ( n = 33) group. The intervention included 16 half-hour sessions of music intervention with multi-sensory components over eight weeks and control group received standard care...
January 1, 2018: Dementia
Kaoru Okuizumi, Teruyoshi Kamata, Daiju Matsui, Kengo Saito, Takuyuki Matsumoto, Yoshikazu Fukuchi
BACKGROUND: Responder analyses assessing clinical worsening have attempted to clarify clinically meaningful drug efficacy enhancements in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This was a meta-analysis of two multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, 24-week studies of 633 Japanese patients with moderate to severe AD receiving memantine 20 mg/day (n = 318) or placebo (n = 315). The clinical trial registration number is UMIN000026013...
February 16, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Michelle L Yakimicki, Nancy E Edwards, Elizabeth Richards, Alan M Beck
This review discusses the relationship between animal-assisted interventions (AAI) and behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). A systematic search was conducted within CINAHL, Web of Science CAB Abstracts, PubMed, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, Google Scholar, and PsycINFO for primary research articles. A total of 32 studies were included in the final review. Variation was noted in study designs and in study setting. Twenty-seven of 32 studies used dogs as the intervention. Agitation/aggression showed a significant decrease in nine of 15 studies...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Nursing Research
Kerrie Westaway, Oliver Frank, Russell Shute, Anna Moffat, Vanessa LeBlanc, Debra Rowett, Natalie Blacker, Elizabeth Roughead
AIM: Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia are often managed inappropriately with antipsychotic medicines. The TOP 5 program, which involves recording up to five relevant and meaningful tips that assist in personalizing care for the person with dementia, has been tested in the hospital setting and transitions of care in Australia, and has been found to be useful. Our study aimed to adapt the TOP 5 program as a strategy to support people with dementia in a primary care setting and to test the acceptability of our adapted TOP 5 program materials...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
Susan Macaulay
For the past 20 years, the behaviors of people who live with dementia (PLWD) that others find challenging or problematic have primarily been ascribed to Alzheimer disease and related dementias and have been assessed through the biomedical lens of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). This has led to the root causes of these behaviors being overlooked, which in turn leaves them unaddressed. Further, using the artificial construct of BPSD has led to many PLWD being inappropriately prescribed (off-label) medications that are largely ineffective in resolving the behaviors because they do nothing to remedy the underlying psychosocial and environmental causes...
February 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Lauren B Gerlach, Helen C Kales
Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are universally experienced by people with dementia throughout the course of the illness and cause a significant negative impact on quality of life for patients and caregivers. Nonpharmacologic treatments have been recommended as first-line treatment of BPSD by multiple professional organizations and should target patients with dementia factors, caregiver factors, and environmental factors. Psychotropic medications are often prescribed off-label without significant evidence to support their use...
March 2018: Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Andreea Teodorescu, Lorena Dima, Petru Ifteni, Liliana M Rogozea
BACKGROUND: Behavioral and psychological symptoms in dementia significantly contribute to caregiver burden and impose patient hospitalization. The goal of treatment of admitted patients is the rapid remission of symptoms to allow their return to home as soon as possible. Intervention requires an intrusive approach with parenteral treatment and physical restraints, with a negative emotional impact on patients and their families. Despite the large utilization of antipsychotics for behavioral and psychological symptoms, there is no antipsychotic approved by the Food and Drug Administration for agitation in dementia...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Therapeutics
Kelvin K F Tsoi, Joyce Y C Chan, Yiu-Ming Ng, Mia M Y Lee, Timothy C Y Kwok, Samuel Y S Wong
BACKGROUND: Music therapy is demonstrated to be effective to relieve the agitation among people with dementia, but the comparative effectiveness of methods of music engagement for people with dementia is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects on cognitive functions and behavioral symptoms between interactive and receptive music therapies for people with dementia. METHODS: Prospective studies evaluating interactive and receptive music therapies were identified from the OVID databases, included MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and CINAHL...
January 25, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Rintaro Ohno, Hiroko Miyagishi, Minoru Tsuji, Atsumi Saito, Kazuya Miyagawa, Kazuhiro Kurokawa, Hiroshi Takeda
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Yokukansan is a traditional Japanese herbal medicine that has been approved in Japan as a remedy for neurosis, insomnia, and irritability in children. It has also been reported to improve behavioral and psychological symptoms in patients with various forms of dementia. AIM OF THE STUDY: To evaluate the usefulness of co-treatment with an antidepressant and an herbal medicine in the psychiatric field, the current study examined the effect of yokukansan on the anxiolytic-like effect of fluvoxamine in mice...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Robert Haussmann, René Mayer-Pelinski, Maike Borchardt, Fabrice Beier, Franziska Helling, Maria Buthut, Gisa Meissner, Jan Lange, Anne Zweiniger, Markus Donix
Diagnostic assessments for dementia include the evaluation of subjective memory impairment, dementia worries, or depressive symptoms. Data on the predictive value of these factors remain unclear, and varying help-seeking behavior may contribute to this finding. We investigate whether differentiating help-seeking motivation from other psychological factors associated with cognitive impairment would enhance the prediction of diagnostic outcomes in a memory clinic. We obtained information on help-seeking motivation from 171 patients who underwent routine diagnostic assessments...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Courtney A Polenick, Laura M Struble, Barbara Stanislawski, Molly Turnwald, Brianna Broderick, Laura N Gitlin, Helen C Kales
OBJECTIVES: Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) are common, often challenging to manage, and may erode caregivers' well-being. Few studies have explored caregivers' perspectives of what causes these behaviors, but such attributions may be important-particularly if they negatively impact the care dyad. This study examined causal attributions about BPSD among individuals caring for a family member with dementia. DESIGN: In-depth qualitative data were obtained from family caregivers of older adults with dementia...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Miho Murata, Toshinari Odawara, Kazuko Hasegawa, Sayaka Iiyama, Masatoshi Nakamura, Masaaki Tagawa, Kenji Kosaka
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy and safety of zonisamide as an adjunct to levodopa therapy for parkinsonism in patients with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). METHODS: This phase 2, placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind study consisted of run-in (placebo, 4 weeks) and treatment (placebo or zonisamide 25 or 50 mg once daily, 12 weeks) periods. Outpatients diagnosed with probable DLB were eligible for inclusion. The primary endpoint was the change from baseline in Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) part 3 total score at week 12...
February 20, 2018: Neurology
Kezia Scales, Sheryl Zimmerman, Stephanie J Miller
Background and Objectives: To draw from systematic and other literature reviews to identify, describe, and critique nonpharmacological practices to address behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSDs) and provide evidence-based recommendations for dementia care especially useful for potential adopters. Research Design and Methods: A search of systematic and other literature reviews published from January 2010 through January 2017. Nonpharmacological practices were summarized to describe the overall conceptual basis related to effectiveness, the practice itself, and the size and main conclusions of the evidence base...
January 18, 2018: Gerontologist
Mary Guerriero Austrom, Malaz Boustani, Michael A LaMantia
Background and Objectives: Persons living with dementia have complex care needs including memory loss that should be taken into account by providers and family caregivers involved with their care. The prevalence of comorbid conditions in people with dementia is high and, thus, how primary care, community providers and family caregivers provide best practice care, person-centered care is important. Research Design and Methods: Care providers should understand the ongoing medical management needs of persons living with dementia in order to maximize their quality of life, proactively plan for their anticipated needs, and be as well prepared as possible for health crises that may occur...
January 18, 2018: Gerontologist
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