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Addressing Unmet Needs in Persons with Dementia to Decrease Behavioral Symptoms and Improve Quality of Life (R21) Grant

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, NIH Grant
Funding Sponsor: 
National Institutes of Health
Contact Email: 
GrantsInfo@nih.gov
Funding Deadline: 
January 8, 2020 - 11:59 pm

National Institues of Health

Addressing Unmet Needs in Persons with Dementia to Decrease Behavioral Symptoms and Improve Quality of Life (R21)

About: Persons with dementia frequently display behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) such as aggression, anxiety, apathy, depression, agitation, and wandering. BPSD are often the greatest challenge in the care of advanced dementia patients. If not effectively addressed, BPSD can lead to accelerated functional decline, decreased quality of life, and earlier nursing home placement. The underlying causes for BPSD are complex and multifactorial, and as such challenges exist in determining the optimal prevention/treatment strategy. Pharmacological approaches (such as antipsychotic medication) are commonly used to treat BPSD, however, these medications are not always effective and may additionally carry risks of their own. BPSD impact not only the person with dementia, but also the well-being and quality of life of caregivers and other family members, who may as a result experience their own adverse outcomes such as increased distress and burden.

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