Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0034-7167
PESTANA, Luana Cardoso and CALDAS, Célia Pereira. Nursing care for the aged with Dementia and with behavioral symptoms. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.62, n.4, pp. 583-587. ISSN 0034-7167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-71672009000400015.
In the course of dementia, behavioral disorders are highly prevalent and are frequently associated with the stress of caregivers. This study aims to identify in scientific literature the types of dementia associated with behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPSD); describe the non-pharmacological management of these alterations, and describe the nursing interventions in this context. The literature in the field of geriatrics and nursing was searched. It became evident that the nursing care provided to the demented elderly goes farther beyond the basic care and depends on the active participation of the family. The identification of strategies to minimize and manage the behavioral symptoms is an important contribution that nursing can give to geriatrics.
Keywords : Dementia; Aged; Caregivers; Nursing; Geriatrics.