October 10, 2014

Resources on Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

Behaviour management : a guide to good practice managing behavioural and psychological : managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
The principal authors, Kim Burns, Ranmalie Jayasinha, Ruby Tsang and Henry Brodaty, were assisted by 55 other contributors. The project was funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing.
The aim of the 178 page guide is to provide evidence-based guidance for DBMAS clinicians in their role of assisting residential aged care facility staff, community care staff and family members caring for persons living with dementia, who present with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). A comprehensive evidence and practice-based overview of BPSD management principles is provided with practical strategies and interventions for assisting care staff and family carers to manage behaviours in dementia.

Delirium dementia and depression [DVD]

Delirium and dementia are two of the most common mental disorders elderly people face. Depression is also common in elderly people and often presents with symptoms similar to dementia or delirium. The differentiation between these three conditions can be difficult because many symptoms overlap. As the cause of so much suffering and discomfort, it is important these conditions are effectively addressed by medical staff. This program defines these conditions by detailing symptoms and speaking to medical experts. Potential risk factors, causes of delirium and assessment criteria for all three conditions are outlined along with a brief summary of management strategies.

Preventing resident to staff aggression [DVD]
This video will help staff better understand why residents react aggressively, and gives tips on how to minimize instances of aggression. It identifies many of the common internal and external factors that can trigger aggression, and suggests ways to improve communication while providing care. Includes the importance of developing individualized Behavior Management Plans.

Understanding the brain and behaviour [DVD]
People living with dementia are affected in a variety of ways, which may include loss of memory, problems with thinking and judgement, changed behaviours, difficulties with tasks of daily living and changes to mood or personality. The changes that are seen relate to damage occuring inside the brain and the impact this may have upon behaviour. Dr Helen Creasy, Geriatrician, Neurologist and Medical Advisor to Alzheimer's Australia NSW presents a clear and easily understood explanation of this complex area.

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