Complicated Dementia: Teaching Caregivers to Recognize Signs and Take the Next Steps

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Abstract

Older adults who exhibit extreme behaviors present a complex diagnostic and management picture for home healthcare clinicians and family caregivers. This case study describes the situation of Mrs. M, whose aggressive, combative behavior was so difficult for her children to comprehend and manage, she was secluded in a locked basement of her home. This article details assessment techniques, symptom presentation and possible diagnostic implications, as well as resources for caregivers.

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