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Journal Club: “Just Make It Stop”

An 89-year-old woman diagnosed with severe vascular dementia cried excessively on van rides home from her adult day center. Authors used a differential reinforcement procedure to decrease levels of crying to zero or near zero levels. Day center staff, however, were not actively involved in application of the intervention. Warning signs…


From Blog to Blog: The Importance of Age Appropriate Activities

Activity engagement is a vital part of maintaining or increasing quality of life for individuals with dementia. In fact, researchers recommend that it be part of daily routines, alongside exercise and proper nutrition. Activities can increase happiness and boost affect, while decrease agitation and boredom. All too often, I find that…

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From Blog to Blog: Emphasizing Dr. Laird’s Advice to Those With Dementia

I try to keep up with many resources in aging — scholarly journals, news media, and fellow bloggers. This week I ran across a new blog — Dr. Rosemary Laird’s Caregiver Corner. Dr. Laird was the AGS Clinician of the Year in 2013 after establishing a caregiver center, case management…

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Journal Club: Behavior Analytic Research In Dementia

Introduction Authors open with a description of dementia, including diagnostic criteria, prevalence rates, and symptoms. [For an update on dementia, visit here.] Trahan et al. explain how the medical model emphases pharmacological interventions, which have adverse side effects (e.g., stoke, delirium, increased risk of falls, mortality), whereas the behavior analytic…

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The Gerontological Society Of America Conference

This past weekend I attended my first Gerontological Society of America conference. I have attended conferences in behavior analysis and geriatric medicine, but never the year’s largest gerontology conference, where researchers and clinicians in biological, behavioral, and social disciplines gather to discuss issues in aging. The theme, “Optimal Aging Through…

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The Path To 2025

Nearly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. It is estimated that by the time these individuals reach age 85, one in every two will develop dementia. This will drastically change the way older adults spend their golden years and poses a serious impact to our economy and healthcare industry….


Family Caregivers, Now More Than Ever

To all of our caregivers, I salute you. From caregivers of individuals with dementia, to the men and women who care for vets, to the families of individuals with disabilities and illnesses, I salute YOU. November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, as well as National Family Caregivers Month. Officially…

Evidence of ABA in Dementia Care

Evidence Of ABA Therapy In Dementia Care

A number of studies have demonstrated that ABA therapy can produce improvements in communication, social and activity engagement, self-care, ambulation, as well as decrease challenging behaviors like wandering, disruptive vocalizations, and aggression. In fact, one of the largest nationally-funded research programs to train caregivers how to manage challenging behaviors was…