June 2014 Update on the Efficacy of Non-Pharmacologic Interventions for Agitation in Dementia

Interesting – just jump to the plain English version on page xvii as suggested. Maybe something to try?

Info & Resources for Caregivers from Dr. Chow

Livingston et al. have created a slightly daunting 256-page systematic review of the latest evidence to support interventions like light or aromatherapy for agitated patients with dementia. They have brought the scientific inquiry to a higher level by stratifying the results of the interventions by the severity of the agitation. This level of specificity hasn’t been investigated before across interventions. Unfortunately, there haven’t been enough trials published for them to use quantitative analysis except on light therapy (bright lights to reduce sun-downing or confusion). But they try to compensate for this by performing a qualitative analysis to report on the efficacy of the other types of interventions available. Of interest, whereas aromatherapy and light therapy were at one time the interventions that tested well, time has told on these results: aromatherapy and light therapy will not work (as caregivers I’m sure could avow) on patients with severe agitation.

Training staff…

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  1. Interesting. Severe agitation is really tricky for both the carer and the sufferer. I would have thought that carers at home could train with music or sensory interventions. That would give them some ways of coping in that grey time between difficult behaviour and outright unmanageable behaviour.

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