Best Practice Interventions for Unmet Needs in Dementia

By Dementia Training Australia

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Research indicates that more than 90 per cent of people who are living with dementia will experience responsive behaviours (or behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, BPSD) at some point during the illness. This can include a range of neuropsychiatric disturbances such as aggression, agitation, wandering, anxiety, depression and apathy. For health and aged care staff, understanding and responding to these behaviours isn’t always easy, and determining the most effective and appropriate strategies to use when caring for people living with dementia can be challenging. Evidence-based practice interventions may not only lead to better quality of life for those in care, but also help to maintain a healthy workforce capable of providing optimal care for people living with dementia.



Resource Type:
Video recording

Learning Outcomes

After watching, staff should be able to:
  • Learn how to identify and assess for responsive behaviours or BPSD.
  • Discover best practice non-pharmacological means of managing responsive behaviours or BPSD.
  • Understand the limited role of medication in treating responsive behaviours or BPSD.