The Correlation between Problematic Behaviors and Activities of Daily Living of Elderly People with Dementia in Patients in a Geriatric Hospital

Wang, Joong San;Lee, Ju Hwan;Um, Ki Mai

  • Received : 2013.06.27
  • Accepted : 2013.09.24
  • Published : 2013.10.30


The purpose of this study is to determine the correlations between problematic behaviors and activities of daily living(ADL) targeting 106 demented elderly people hospitalized in a geriatric hospital. To examine the cognitive function of the subjects, the study used Korean Mini Mental State Examination(K-MMSE). For problematic behaviors and ADL, the study collected data based on Patient Assessment Forms in the geriatric hospital. Among problematic behaviors, apathy/indifference had the highest correlation with the items of ADL. Irritability/lability, agitation/aggression, depression/ dysphoria, night-time behavior and wandering also showed to be correlated to items of ADL(p<.05). This study demonstrated that cognitive function, problematic behaviors and ADL of the demented elderly hospitalized in the geriatric hospital are correlated to each other.


Geriatric Hospital;Problematic Behaviors;ADL;Dementia


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