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J Gerontol Nurs. 2009 Aug;35(8):20-7; quiz 28-9. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20090706-05. Epub 2009 Aug 13.

Psychotic events in Alzheimer's disease: application of the PLST model.

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llinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing, Campus Box 5810, Normal, IL 61790, USA. pllinds@ilstu.edu

Abstract

This article focuses on a review of the literature related to the known prevalence of psychotic events in individuals with Alzheimer's disease and associated aggressive, violent behavior toward family caregivers. It also describes the impact of behavioral disturbances on family caregivers and how use of the Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold model and nonpharmacological interventions cited in the literature can help manage these behaviors. Geriatric nurses armed with this information will be better prepared to provide caregivers with much-needed education to better understand psychotic events, as well as strategies to cope with associated behaviors.

PMID:
19681559
PMCID:
PMC3135972
DOI:
10.3928/00989134-20090706-05
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