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Researchers
Helen C. Kales
Managed By
Jessica Soulliere
Digital Technologies Licensing Specialist 734.647.9926
Publications
Management of neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia in clinical settings: recommendations from a multidisciplinary expert panel.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Apr;62(4):762-9. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12730. Epub 2014 Mar 17., 2014
Study: Use nondrug method for calming dementia patient
Hometownlife.com, 2015
5 WAYS TO EASE DEMENTIA WITHOUT DRUGS
Futurity.org, 2015
An Innovative Caregiver Tool to Assess and Manage Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia
ClinicalTrials.gov, 2015

In the US, there are 15 million caregivers for approximately 10 million individuals with dementia. In dementia, approximately 90% of patients experience non-cognitive neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS), which are disruptive symptoms such as agitation, aggression, repetitive questioning and wandering. Currently, common practice is to prescribe antipsychotic medications for NPS. This technology is a tool for caregivers that will improve quality of care and help to treat NPS in a clear, effective, non-pharmacological way.

A tailored approach to caregiving for NPS

There is an urge to introduce more non-pharmacological treatments for NPS. This tool uses the DICE method to create a tailored treatment for patients. This can be used instead of or in addition to pharmacological treatments. The tool is currently in clinical trials. It offers distinct advantages over current caregiver tools because it provides a tailored approach to each patient and each situation, rather than a general educational overview.

Applications

  • Improve lives of dementia patients without pharmacological treatment
  • Improve caregiver life and quality of care

Advantages

  • Can be used in lieu or in addition to pharmacological treatment