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.