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Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia


Ladislav Volicer, MD, PhD

Courtesy Full Professor, School of Aging Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 33620, USA
External Professor, 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

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Research Interests: Dementia; Alzheimer's disease; Palliative care; Medical ethics; Behavioral symptoms of dementia

Topical Collection Information

Behavioral symptoms in persons with progressive degenerative dementias are often more disabling and more difficult to manage than cognitive impairments. Therefore, there is a need for more information about this topic and the planned special issue will provide it. It is important to differentiate between two main syndromes: agitation and rejection of care. Agitation often happens when the person with dementia is solitary and not interacting with other people. Rejection of care happens during care activities when the person with dementia does not recognize the intent of the care provider and the need for care. If the care provider insists on providing care, the person with dementia defends himself/herself from unwanted attention and may become combative. The person may then be labeled as assaultive or aggressive, while he/she perceives the care provider as an aggressor. The distinction between agitation and rejection of care/aggression is important because different non-pharmacological strategies are needed for managing these behavioral symptoms. Agitation is often caused by boredom and can be prevented by provision of meaningful activities. Aggression is best managed by improved communication and by modification of care strategies. There is disagreement among the experts if aggression should be considered part of agitation. I am sure that the special issue will provide different points of view that will address this controversy.

Publication (8 papers)


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Open Access Review

Exploration of Dementia Help Seeking Behaviours Amongst UK South Asian Communities: A Systematic Review

Received: 03 March 2024;  Published: 10 May 2024;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2402279


In the UK, 25,000 people from ethnic minority background live with dementia. Although dementia associated risk factors are common amongst South Asians, they tend to present at services later and when in crisis. This review explores UK South Asian communities perception of dementia to und [...]


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Open Access Review

Problems Associated with the Measurement of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia

Received: 04 December 2019;  Published: 17 February 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2001106


Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) affect nearly all persons living with dementia (PLWD) at some point during the course of the disease. Given the absence of a cure or effective pharmacotherapy for dementia, it is particularly important to prevent, measure, track, and manage NPS in dementia care. Unfor [...]
Open Access Review

Behaviors of Persons with Dementia: A Review and New Perspective for Future Research

Received: 30 July 2019;  Published: 07 February 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2001104


Through the assessment of previous and current literature on the behaviors experienced by persons with dementia, this review discusses the terminology, conceptual models, measurement techniques, and non-pharmacological interventions employed within behavioral research. Additionally, this review cons [...]


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Open Access Original Research

Effects of Enriched Thematic Multi-Sensory Stimulation on BPSD in A Beach Room: A Pilot Study among Nursing-Home Residents with Dementia

Received: 02 April 2019;  Published: 11 December 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1904092


Background: Studies of the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions indicate that sensory stimulation is a promising approach to reduce psychological and behavioural disturbances in people with dementia. A relatively new approach is enriched multi-sensory stimulation. Enriched multi-sensory stimu [...]
Open Access Review

Management of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia: A Comprehensive Review of the Current Literature

Received: 14 May 2019;  Published: 16 September 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1903074


Purpose of Review: Dementia is a progressive and debilitating condition that affects millions of patients in the United States with an enormous impact on healthcare costs, caregivers, and society. Patients with dementia often experience dementia-related neuropsychiatric disturbances, commonly known [...]
Open Access Review

Shedding Light on Manic Syndromes and Dementia

Received: 27 March 2019;  Published: 16 August 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1903070


Background. Mania in older adults is associated with a high rate of medical and neurological disease. Objective. The goal of this review is to describe the phenomenon of manic episodes in patients suffering from dementia. Methods. Medline and Google Scholar searches were conducted for relevant artic [...]
Open Access Review

Curing Alzheimer’s Disease: Myriad Causes and Myriad Cures Await

Received: 12 June 2019;  Published: 16 July 2019;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1903063


Simplifying the cause of Alzheimer’s disease has lulled the public into believing that the search for a cure is within reach. The disease has captured the attention of researchers worldwide, catapulting the disease as the third most funded research interest (after cancer and HIV). But after a centur [...]


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Open Access Editorial

Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia

Received: 04 November 2018;  Published: 08 November 2018;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.1804019


Behavioral symptoms of dementia