Do dementia patients need routine?
The importance of routine and familiarity to persons with dementia is profound! Daily structure can help decrease these undesired behaviors such as aggression, restlessness and agitation. As a result, the caregiver will experience less stress and be able to give better care.
What is the main treatment for dementia?
Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors Donepezil (also known as Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) and galantamine (Reminyl) are used to treat the symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Donepezil is also used to treat more severe Alzheimer’s disease.
What are examples of delusions?
People with delusional disorder experience non-bizarre delusions, which involve situations that could occur in real life, such as being followed, poisoned, deceived, conspired against, or loved from a distance. These delusions usually involve the misinterpretation of perceptions or experiences.
How do you treat delusions in dementia?
Here are some tips for coping with hallucinations and delusions:
- Discuss with the doctor any illnesses the person with Alzheimer’s has and medicines he or she is taking.
- Try not to argue with the person about what he or she sees or hears.
- Distract the person.
- Turn off the TV when violent or upsetting programs are on.
What is the most common type of hallucination for a person with dementia?
Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not really there) are the most common type experienced by people with dementia. They can be simple (for example, seeing flashing lights) or complex (for example, seeing animals, people or strange situations).
What are the behavioral and psychotic symptoms of dementia?
Depression, hallucinations, delusions, aggression, agitation, wandering and “sundowning” are hallmark behavioral and psychotic symptoms of dementia, commonly manifested in moderate- to- severe stages of disease.