Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in adult life and recognized as the most common cause of late life dementia world wide. Care of an elderly individual with dementia requires a systematic approached to the management of behavioral disturbances. The purpose of this project was to provide education regarding management of an elderly individual with behavioral disturbance related to dementia to health care providers in long term care facilities. The project was conducted in three rural long term care facilities. Healthcare providers who receive education can become more competent in intervening with an individual who is exhibiting behavioral difficulties.