Course helps eldercare staff find what's triggering problematic behavior

Catholic Health World, May 15: Nursing home residents with cognitive impairment can become aggressive or exhibit other challenging, potentially risky behaviors, according to Alfred Norwood, a behavior specialist on the faculty of the Avila Institute of Gerontology in Germantown, N.Y. He says that when residents become verbally or physically aggressive, frontline staff often are the target.

Sr. M. Peter Lillian DiMaria, O CARM, director of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm's Avila Institute, teaches techniques for managing or preventing aggressive behaviors in patients with dementia to students from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y.

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