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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Shifting Focus: a guide to understanding dementia behaviour

In association with Behavioural Supports Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, the Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange has released Shifting Focus: A guide to understanding dementia behavior.  The guide was released as a full version (listed above), or as a shorter booklet version and there is also a webinar available to view online that discusses the project in greater detail.
The guide is intended as a tool for families, friends, co-residents and volunteers of persons with dementia in long-term care, to assist in dealing with unpredicted and sometimes difficult behaviours.  It tries to build stronger personal ties between the person with dementia and their loved ones and/or care providers by explaining some of the background of the disease, why certain behaviours may occur and how to respond appropriately.  Topics covered include: agitation; wandering; sexual behaviours; sundowning; repetition; anger or aggression; hallucinations and paranoia; tips on creating a meaningful visit and ways to communicate.
To view the full guide, please visit:   

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