Managing the Behavioral Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease :
Difficult behaviors occurring in Alzheimer’s disease patients can arise from pain, medication interactions, and environmental changes. It’s important to identify the source of agitation in order to arrive at a resolution.
As America’s population ages, baby boomers are surviving to ages when diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia are more common, increasing the need for mental and behavioral health services for this older demographic.
While AD is not a mental illness, the neurodegenerative disease can cause symptoms related to mental health status, such as depression, anxiety, agitation, and hallucinations. The behavioral symptoms are what many individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and their families find to be the most challenging and distressing effects of the disease.
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