A person with dementia starts to behave differently as the condition progresses. They can develop behaviours challenge and distress the people around them. Read our behavioural changes with dementia article now for more information…
Behavioural Changes with Dementia
If a person with dementia starts to behave differently, this is often seen as a symptom of the disorder. However, this is not always the case. Behaviour changes can have many causes, including dementia (e.g. problems with memory loss, speech or orientation). They can also be due to mental or physical health, personality, habits and interactions with others. Dementia makes the world a confusing and scary place as the person tries to understand what is going on. It may confuse the carer, but the behaviour will mean something to the person suffering from dementia.
The causes of someone behaving out of character can be divided into biological reasons (such as being in pain), psychological reasons (such as perceiving threat) or social reasons (such as being bored). Disorientation is common, so an environment that is confusing can increase stress. When you are supporting a person with dementia, it’s important to see beyond their behaviour and think about the possible causes. Sometimes it can be a result of frustration, a sense of losing control, or not being listened to or being misunderstood.
A person with dementia has the same basic needs as all of us. However, they are less able to recognise them, meet them, or communicate with others. Their behaviour may be in an attempt to meet a need (such as removing clothing because they are hot) or to communicate (such as shouting out to let you know they need the toilet). Dementia makes the world a frightening place and the person’s change of behaviour might simply be an attempt to maintain a sense of wellbeing and ease their distress. Any response you give as a carer should start with trying to see things from their perspective.
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