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photo Alzheimer's Care Series
Agitation...It's a Sign
By Margo Meisel
for the Assisted Living Federation of America

When people with Alzheimer's become agitated and aggressive, they may be trying to communicate with the world outside their dementia. Lashing out may often be their only recourse for expressing their very real fear and anxiety. Through real-life patient encounters, this video shows appropriate and compassionate techniques which can prevent or diffuse patients' anxiety, agitation and aggression.

Available on DVD as part of the Alzheimer's Care Series

14 minutes
© 1997
Purchase $175 VHS
Order No. QA-285
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-285-7

"The best skill-building tool we've found. These materials have helped even our most experienced staff gain new insights, more confidence, and greater satisfaction." Timothy Fosnight, RN, Retirement Home Administrator

Awards & Conference Screenings
CINE Golden Eagle
Mature Media National Gold Award
Gold, Health Sciences Communications Assn.

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