Dementia: Assessing & Addressing Challenging Behaviors

Meeting the needs of an individual diagnosed with dementia can be challenging for the caregiver, and frustrating for the individual who cannot easily express his or her needs. Without the communication skills they once possessed, these individuals can become easily frustrated and display behaviors that caregivers may not understand or have the skills to address.

At a glance

What: Dementia: Assessing & Addressing Challenging Behaviors

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

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

Cost: $135

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Instructor: Tracy Schroepfer

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


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