Francis A Komara. Management of behavioral problems in elderly patients with dementia. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1999;99(9_suppl):S9–S12. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.9.S9.
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A major challenge confronting healthcare providers in geriatrics involves the treatment of behavior problems in the elderly patient with dementia. The agitation affects the patient and the caregiver and their quality of life. A definitive diagnosis is difficult, and treatment often involves the injudicious use of medications. The purpose of this article is to identify the disorders involved, the assessment strategies, and pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic modes of therapy.
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