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Wandering in a dementia special care unit: Behavioral aspects and the risk of falling
Year:
2013
Source of publication :
Israel Medical Association Journal
Authors :
Ben-Ari, Giora
;
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Volume :
15
Co-Authors:
Merims, D., Dementia Special Care Unit, Shoham Geriatric Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel
Nahari, H., Dementia Special Care Unit, Shoham Geriatric Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel
Ben-Ari, G., Volcani Center, Institute of Plant Science, Beit Dagan, Israel
Jamal, S., Dementia Special Care Unit, Shoham Geriatric Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel
Vigder, C., Dementia Special Care Unit, Shoham Geriatric Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel
Ben-Israel, J., Dementia Special Care Unit, Shoham Geriatric Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel
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From page:
364
To page:
367
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Total pages:
4
)
Abstract:
Background: Wandering is a common phenomenon among patients with dementia. While traditionally considered to be a behavioral problem, it also includes fundamental aspects of motor performance (e.g., gait and falls). Objectives: To examine the difference in motor function and behavioral symptoms between patients with severe dementia who wander and those who do not. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study reviewing the medical records of 72 patients with severe dementia, all residents of a dementia special care unit. Motor and behavioral aspects were compared between "wanderers" and "non-wanderers." Results: No difference was found in motor performance including the occurrence of falls between the wanderers and non-wanderers. A significant difference was found in aggressiveness and sleep disturbances, which were more frequent among the wanderers. There was no preference to wandering at a certain period of the day among the patients with sleep disturbances who wander. Conclusions: In a protected environment wandering is not a risk factor for falls. Sleep disturbances and wandering cooccur, but there is no circumstantial association between the two symptoms.
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Language:
English
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Ben-Ari, G., Volcani Center, Institute of Plant Science, Beit Dagan, Israel
Jamal, S., Dementia Special Care Unit, Shoham Geriatric Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel
Vigder, C., Dementia Special Care Unit, Shoham Geriatric Medical Center, Pardes Hanna, Israel
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Background: Wandering is a common phenomenon among patients with dementia. While traditionally considered to be a behavioral problem, it also includes fundamental aspects of motor performance (e.g., gait and falls). Objectives: To examine the difference in motor function and behavioral symptoms between patients with severe dementia who wander and those who do not. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study reviewing the medical records of 72 patients with severe dementia, all residents of a dementia special care unit. Motor and behavioral aspects were compared between "wanderers" and "non-wanderers." Results: No difference was found in motor performance including the occurrence of falls between the wanderers and non-wanderers. A significant difference was found in aggressiveness and sleep disturbances, which were more frequent among the wanderers. There was no preference to wandering at a certain period of the day among the patients with sleep disturbances who wander. Conclusions: In a protected environment wandering is not a risk factor for falls. Sleep disturbances and wandering cooccur, but there is no circumstantial association between the two symptoms.
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