Inservice Recommendations

Behavioral Management Techniques

Dealing with common behavioral problems

  • The patient who is hostile and/or aggressive
  • The patient who is angry
  • The patient who is withdrawn
  • The patient who is paranoid
  • The patient who is confused
  • The patient who has altered sleep patterns
  • The patient who is manipulative

The elderly patient with common mental health problems, i.e.

  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Delirium
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Psychotic Disorders (i.e. schizophrenia, paranoid disorder)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Organic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychopharmacology in the elderly

Polypharmacy in the elderly

Use of chemical and physical restraints

Bereavement, death and dying, loss

Assessment and documentation of mental health problems

Mental status exam

Functional assessment

Group Process

  • Reminiscence therapy
  • Patient education groups
  • Validation therapy groups
  • Task therapy groups
  • Relaxation therapy

Psychosocial aspects of aging


Crisis intervention

Stress management

Assertiveness training

Conflict management

Self esteem

Therapeutic communication

Defense mechanisms

Problem solving