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Dementia Care: Effect of Medication on Persons with Dementia

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Dementia Care: Effect of Medication on Persons with Dementia
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Course Information:
  • Online Training Course
  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Side Effects of Commonly Used Psychotropic Medications
  • Understand the Role of Medication in Memory Care
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Dementia Care: Effect of Medication on Persons with Dementia Info:

Course Description

Residents with dementia can be particularly sensitive to medications and at risk for inappropriate use. This course will assist your staff to understand the effects and side effects of commonly used psychotropic medications used by residents in the assisted living and residential care Community.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • 1. Understand the role of medication in memory care.
  • 2. Describe the different categories of medications used by resident in the Assisted Living and Residential Care Community.
  • 3. Observe for side effects and adverse reactions.


Course Outcomes

Hour One
  • I. The Role of Medication in Dementia Care
  • a. Treat the Disease (There is no magic pill)
  • I. Medications that attempt to treat the underlying cause of dementia
  • ii. Medications that manage the behavioral manifestations of dementia
  • b. Common Causes of Dementia
  • I. Alzheimer’s Disease
  • ii. Vascular Dementia
  • iii. Lewy Body Disease
  • iv. Infectious Conditions
  • v. Frontal Lobe Dementia
  • c. Medications May Improve
  • i. Memory
  • ii. Reasoning
  • iii. Language
  • iv. Perception
  • II. Side Effects
  • a. All medications have the potential for side effects or adverse reactions.
  • b. Common side effects in category one dementia medications include:
  • i. Nausea
  • ii. Vomiting
  • iii. Diarrhea
  • III. Manage Behavioral Manifestation Medications
  • a. Medication Should NEVER Be The First Response
  • i. Safety, Safety, Safety!
  • ii. What behaviors have you observed in your community?
  • b. Common Medications
  • i. Antipsychotics
  • ii. Antidepressants
  • iii. Anxiolytics (Anxiety Medications)
  • iv. Mood Stabilizers
  • c. Resident May Take Above Medications for The Following
  • i. Aggression
  • ii. Agitation
  • iii. Restlessness
  • iv. Pacing and Wandering
  • v. Depression
  • vi. Delusions/Hallucinations
  • IV. Antipsychotics
  • a. Are highly effective at managing psychosis.
  • b. Problem with these medications can be overused
  • c. Be aware antipsychotics can result in lethargy and sleepiness
  • V. Antidepressants
  • a. Are highly effective in treating depression
  • b. How to recognize depression
  • i. Loss of interest in favorite things
  • ii. Feelings of worthlessness
  • iii. Excessive or inappropriate feelings of guilt
  • iv. Thoughts of death or suicide
  • v. Trouble making decisions
  • vi. Fatigue or lack of energy
  • vii. Sleeping too much or too little
  • viii. Change in appetite or weight
  • ix. Short tempered/more irritable
  • x. Anxious and worried
  • xi. Does not care about anything he/she used to care for
  • VI. Anxiolytics (Anti-Anxiety)
  • a. Are anti-anxiety medications
  • b. Should generally be used cautiously with elder adults with dementia
  • c. May cause the resident to become lethargic or drowsy and act as a sedative
  • VII. Mood Stabilizers
  • a. A common mood stabilizer is Depakote.
  • i. Is originally for someone suffering from seizures
  • ii. Is given when a person develops following behaviors:
  • 1. Agitation
  • 2. Restlessness
  • 3. Aggression
  • VIII. Benefit vs. Side Effects
  • a. A caregivers role in communicating how residents are reacting to medications
  • b. Common Side Effects
  • i. Lethargic and appear sedated
  • ii. Sleeping more than normal
  • iii. Falling asleep in unusual places
  • iv. Less interactive with care staff, visitors, family, etc
  • v. Body tremors
  • vi. Shuffling gait when ambulating
  • vii. Limbs may become stiff or rigid
  • viii. Fatigue
  • ix. Pacing
  • x. A drop in blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension) when the resident stands up
  • xi. “Pill rolling” or abnormal tongue movements (tradive dyskinesia)
  • xii. Anticholinergic effects such as dry mouth, dry eyes, constipation
  • xiii. Stomach ache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • c. Remember, you are at the front line in recognizing when a resident is experiencing side effects or adverse reactions.
  • d. Steps to help monitor/manage side effects
  • i. Be aware of side effects
  • ii. Monitor your residents
  • iii. Communicate
  • 1. With other caregivers
  • 2. Your supervisor
  • 3. The resident’s physician
  • iv. Follow Community protocol
  • v. Notify resident’s family
  • vi. Document
  • vii. Follow-through
  • 1. Physician instructions
  • 2. Careful not to overlook medication changes
  • 3. Follow Community policy
  • IX. Common Medications Used in Dementia Care
  • a. Cholinesterase Inhibitors
  • b. NMDA Receptor Antagonists
  • c. Vitamin E Supplement


Instructor: Josh Allen, RN

Josh Allen is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in senior living. As the Director of InTouch at Home, Josh oversees all aspects of business development, care, services, and operations for the organization. As a part of the SRG Senior Living family of companies, InTouch at Home delivers personalized care and services to clients living in senior living communities as well as private residences across three states.

Josh also serves on the board of the American Assisted Living Nurses Association, and represents AALNA on the boards of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living and Coalition of Geriatric Nursing Organizations. Josh has previously served as President and CEO of Care and Compliance Group, a leading training solutions provider.

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