Suggest a Practical Approach to Manage Agitation in Dementia

Agitation affects up to 7 in 10 patients with dementia.

Nondrug measures are critical. Reinforce structured activity...a daily routine...socialization...calming music...etc. Share these and other strategies with caregivers...to help limit burnout.

Investigate and address possible causes...meds (anticholinergics, steroids, etc), constipation, pain, etc. For example, evidence suggests scheduled acetaminophen up to 3 g/day is worth a try.

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