Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

When physical, emotional, and environmental needs go unmet, people with dementia can respond in extreme ways, sometimes harming themselves and their caregivers. Effective medication and behavioral treatment can help prevent these responses. Learn to identify environmental cues, caregiver behaviors, and psychosocial and physical cues that can stimulate catastrophic responses; how the person with dementia perceives caregiving requests; ways to prevent catastrophic responses; and safe and effective medications.

At a glance

What: Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

When: Th, Feb 19, 9am-3pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI

Cost: $120

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Instructor: Kim Petersen

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For additional information, contact Suzanna Waters Castillo: 608-263-3174

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Learning objectives

  • To understand and explain how the person with dementia perceives caregiving requests
  • To identify and recognize psychosocial and physical triggers
  • To identify environmental cues that stimulate catastrophic responses
  • To explain and execute methods to prevent catastrophic responses
  • To identify medications that are safe and effective in treating a catastrophic response
  • To summarize caregiver behaviors that may lead to sudden outbursts


This seminar is designed to help you:
• Identify the unique presentations of late-life anxiety
• Explain how geriatric anxiety is co-morbid with depression
• Describe how co-morbid medical conditions impact geriatric anxiety
• Identify the best cognitive behavioral and psychotropic treatments
• Utilize the course-specific information about polypharmacy and adverse reactions