Minimizing Disruptive Behaviors

Creating Successful Dementia Care Settings

ISBN 978-1-932529-46-3
21-minute DVD
© 2008


Professional caregiving staff deal regularly with disruptive behaviors in residents with dementia but often do not have adequate tools to decipher the underlying causes of these behaviors. Through this 21-minute DVD, viewers learn to evaluate all aspects of the caregiving environment before working on individualized solutions.

Does a behavior result from normal changes of aging or the disease process? Is it caused by distressing environmental stimuli or by some critical unmet need? When and where does it occur? Does it only happen with certain people? When a resident’s whole environment is considered, some surprisingly simple solutions can emerge.

This DVD profiles several residents who are exhibiting common problematic behaviors, including leaving the unit and rummaging. It takes viewers step-by-step through a problem-solving process that can effectively reduce or even eliminate many kinds of disruptive behaviors.

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Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D., M.Arch.

Margaret P. Calkins, Ph.D., is President of I.D.E.A.S. Inc. (Innovative Designs in Environments for an Aging Society), a consultation, education, and research firm dedicated to exploring the therapeutic potential of the environment—social and organizational as well as physical—particularly as it relates to older adults who are frail and impaired. She is also Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Institute on Aging and Environmental at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Calkins holds degrees in both psychology and architecture. A member of several national organizations and panels that focus on issues of care for older adults with cognitive impairment, she speaks frequently at conferences nationally and internationally. She has published extensively, and her book Design for Dementia: Planning Environments for the Elderly and the Confused (National Health Publication, 1998) was the first comprehensive design guide for special care units for people with dementia.

Dr. Calkins is Director and a founding member of SAGE (Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments), and has been a juror for numerous design competitions


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