Coping with Dementia/Consumer Help

Coping with Dementia/Resources
More than 50 percent of patients in long-term care setting suffer from some form of dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting 5.4 million Americans. Behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of dementia include depression, mania, anxiety, fear, agitation, aggression and psychotic symptoms including hallucinations and delusions.  Common paranoid delusions include patients who believe a relative is an “imposter,” that they are being held captive or being poisoned.




CAHF Music & Memory Project                                                                                                     

The CAHF Music & Memory Project delivered personalized music to 4,500 skilled nursing residents in 300 participating facilities, helping to improve quality of life by connecting residents to familiar music. The project has been shown to improve the mood and provide pleasure, even in people with severe memory loss who can no longer communicate.  Learn more about the program here.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association has developed a useful consumer guide for families of people who have dementia. Comfort Care Guide

Other Resources

University of Iowa Antipsychotic Resource Website

A Nursing Approach for Antipsychotic Gradual Dose Reduction

Allen Power, MD - Eden Alternative Mentor

State of Wisconsin Dementia Care Assessment Tool