Eastern Michigan University


Understanding Difficult Behaviors

NOTE: At this time, EMU is no longer selling the Understanding Difficult Behaviors manual. Please contact Beth Spencer at elizspen@umich.edu for additional information.

Understanding Difficult Behaviors: Some Practical Suggestions for Coping with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Illnesses

By Anne Robinson, Beth Spencer and Laurie White*

This classic and practical book was written by three well-known professionals in the field of dementia and reprinted in 2007.

Helping professionals and family caregivers understand the many possible explanations for the causes of behaviors related to dementia, it also provides practical coping strategies for responding to behaviors such as:

  • Agitation
  • Wandering
  • Delusions
  • Aggression

As an easy-to-read resource, it can be referenced when faced with daily caregiving dilemmas and thereby help to prevent or minimize dangerous and undesired predicaments.

It can also be used by staff development coordinators when teaching caregivers about problem-solving in response to challenging behaviors. Many community colleges and universities are including Understanding Difficult Behaviors in their courses on dementia.

Did You Know?

That over 225,000 copies of Understanding Difficult Behaviors have been sold internationally.

*The handbook was developed at Eastern Michigan University in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association-Great Lakes Chapter (formerly the South Central Michigan Alzheimer's Chapter) and the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan, under the auspices of an Alzheimer's Caregiver Education Program grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health (formerly the Michigan Department of Mental Health).  Printing of the original version of this publication was underwritten in part by the Geriatric Education Center of Michigan which was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Subsequent reprintings have been supported in part by the Michigan Department of Community Health Caregiver Education Program as part of an in-kind match from the DHS/HRSA Alzheimer's Demonstration Project grants.

The Aging Studies Program is part of the School of Health Sciences, 313 Everett L. Marshall Building, 734.487.4096