Today’s re-blog as part of World Alzheimer’s Day focuses on Susan Macaulay’s article about 4-minute survey results that debunk decades-long notion that BPSDs are symptoms of Dementia.

“The roots of this erroneous belief lie in the work of researcher Dr. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, who, in the mid-1980s developed a 29-item scale to measure agitation in nursing home residents. The Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI) spawned others such as the Nursing Home Behaviour Problem Scale (NHBPS), which also comprises 29 items. In the late 1990s, through no fault of Dr. Cohen-Mansfield’s, the types of behaviour tracked by research tools such as the CMAI and other similar scales came to be known as the “Behavioural and Psychological Systems of Dementia (BPSDs)..”

4-minute survey results debunk decades-long notion that BPSDs are symptoms of Dementia