Behavioral Interventions for Those Living with Dementia

  • Sarah E. FoidelEmail author


Behavior disturbance in people with neurocognitive disorders is a major challenge for caregiving and quality of life. Common neuropsychiatric symptoms include sleep disturbance, aggression, anxiety, depression, and agitation. As a part of patient-centered care, individual needs of the person must be considered when attempting behavioral interventions. By reviewing the evidence regarding short- and long-term outcomes of nonpharmacological choices for behavioral interventions, care providers can make patient-centered choices. Sensory, cognitive, emotional and environmental interventions are explored in reference to major neurocognitive disorder (dementia). An emphasis is placed on the importance of caregiver education and environmental modifications.


Neuropsychiatric symptoms Nonpharmacological interventions Sensory Environment Person-centered Dementia BPSD Behavior disturbance Behavioral disturbance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Occupational TherapyPacific UniversityHillsboroUSA

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