Treating Persons with Dementia in Context

  • Jane E. Fisher
  • Claudia Drossel
  • Kyle Ferguson
  • Stacey Cherup
  • Merry Sylvester

The term “dementia” indicates impairment in cognitive functions due to neuropathology. Many conditions cause degenerative dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple infarcts (vascular dementia), frontotemporal pathology, Huntington’s disease, Lewy body disease, and Parkinson’s disease. An increasing inability to meet situational demands as well as memory, verbal, and learning deficits are the hallmarks of dementia. Family and friends of the person with dementia may complain about “personality changes” as uncharacteristic emotions, cognitions, and behaviors emerge. Strained social interactions, social withdrawal, and difficulty is completing multistep tasks (e.g., managing finances) are often the first detectable signs. As neuropathology progresses, significant impairment in communication and daily living skills are typical. Persons with degenerative dementia eventually may become bedridden and dependent on others for the provision of all needs.


Discrimination Training Challenging Behavior Apply Behavior Analysis Geriatric Psychiatry Distress Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jane E. Fisher
    • 1
  • Claudia Drossel
    • 1
  • Kyle Ferguson
    • 1
  • Stacey Cherup
    • 1
  • Merry Sylvester
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NevadaRenoUSA

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