Dementia and agitation in nursing home residents: how are they related?

J. Cohen-Mansfield*, M. S. Marx, A. S. Rosenthal

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The link between agitated behaviors and cognitive functioning in 408 nursing home residents was examined. Results showed that cognitively impaired residents manifested aggressive behaviors (e.g., cursing, hitting) and physically nonaggressive behaviors (e.g., pacing). The highest levels of physically nonaggressive behaviors were manifested by those residents who presented intermediate levels of impairment in their performance of activities of daily living. Cognitively intact residents exhibited verbally agitated behaviors (e.g., complaining). These findings have important implications for caregivers of agitated nursing home residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1990
Externally publishedYes


FundersFunder number
National Institute of Mental HealthR01MH040758


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