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dealing with elderly people with disturbed behaviour

Things to remember when dealing with elderly people with disturbed behaviour
• Disturbed behaviour in the elderly can be caused by dementia, psychosis, confusion or depression. It is important to try to identify depression, psychosis or confusion since these should be treated first.
• Alzheimer’s disease is the commonest cause of dementia. There is no cure for it at present.
• Practical advice, emotional support and medication for behavioural problems are the best ways of reducing the burden of care.
• The dose of most medicines for the elderly is about one-third to one-half of what you would use for younger adults.

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