Management of dementia

Understanding and managing challenging behaviour (stress and distress)


Dementia is a progressive condition. India currently has more than 4 million persons with dementia and it is expected to have more than 10 million (1 crore) by 2040. Challenging behaviours are seen in nearly 90% of persons with dementia. These can include altered sleep-wake cycle, agitation, restlessness, presence of delusions & hallucinations, depression, anxiety, repeated calling-out, disinhibition and aggression. These behaviours can be very challenging, both for the person with dementia and the caregiver. Professionals managing persons with dementia should be able to manage challenging behaviour and also should support family caregivers. This workshop aims to help professionals to gain confidence in managing challenging behaviour in persons with dementia. It is being held as a pre-conference workshop as part of the eighth edition of the prestigious International conference on Schizophrenia (IConS – VIII).

Aims of the Workshop

  1. To help the participants to understand the reasons for challenging behaviour in persons with dementia
  2. To enable the participants to work collaboratively with the caregivers and the persons with dementia to develop a care plan to manage the challenging behaviour

Workshop Content

A systematic approach to understanding challenging behaviour in dementia with current updates on use of medication and non-drug options will be discussed. The focus is on practical management of challenging behaviour in dementia. Participants are encouraged to bring details of their cases for discussion.

Target audience

Clinicians and other professionals dealing with persons with dementia including Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Geriatricians, General Practitioners, Family Medicine Practitioners, Nurses and Psychologists


  • Cesar Rodriguez – National Clinical Lead (Psychiatry), Focus on DementiaHealthcare Improvement Scotland and Associate Medical Director, Older People’s Services, NHS Tayside
  • Sridhar Vaitheswaran – Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Dementia Care in SCARF (DEMCARES)
  • Monisha Lakshminarayanan – Clinical Psychologist, (DEMCARES)
  • Bryony Ashcroft – Specialist Nurse Practitioner, (DEMCARES)

Venue: Hyatt Regency,
365, Anna Salai,
Rostrevor Garden,
Tamil Nadu 600018
Date: 29th August 2018
Time: 2.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Registration: Rs. 2000/ per head.

The maximum capacity for the workshop is 30 and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis