Intervention Strategies for the Staged Individual With Dementia There are 24 million individuals living with some form of dementia in the world today. In our lifetime, this number will continue to rise as health care and medicine permit the population to live longer. More nursing facilities will be needed to accommodate the increase in the geriatric population and ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2009
Intervention Strategies for the Staged Individual With Dementia
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  • George A. Voyzey
    Genesis Rehab Services, Falmouth, ME
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Article   |   July 01, 2009
Intervention Strategies for the Staged Individual With Dementia
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2009, Vol. 14, 19-27. doi:10.1044/gero14.1.19
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2009, Vol. 14, 19-27. doi:10.1044/gero14.1.19
Abstract

There are 24 million individuals living with some form of dementia in the world today. In our lifetime, this number will continue to rise as health care and medicine permit the population to live longer. More nursing facilities will be needed to accommodate the increase in the geriatric population and with this surge will come an increase in the number of patients with some form of dementia. Speech-language pathologists must be prepared to assess and treat these patients demonstrating behaviors across the full spectrum of dementia. This article will familiarize clinicians with the Global Deterioration Scale developed by Barry Reisburg et al. for use in staging those individuals identified with Alzheimer's Disease; behaviors observed within the seven stages, treatment and intervention strategies to use within each stage to target and improve expressive, receptive and cognitive deficits.

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