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Changes in behaviour

Caring for someone with dementia

Changes in behaviour

This section is written to offer practical solutions to the changes in behaviour that carers may face while looking after a person with dementia, such as:

  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Clinging and following
  • Embarrassing behaviour
  • Failure to recognise people
  • Hiding/losing objects
  • Repetitive questioning
  • Sexually behaviour
  • Sleeplessness
  • Wandering

You will find that each chapter is arranged in a similar way. First there is a title. This is followed by a short account of one or more experiences of a carer, which might give you a better idea of what the chapter is about. Then there is a paragraph providing background information and a brief outline of any potential problems. After this, you will find information, which summarises the main coping strategies. The rest of the chapter explains in more detail how to cope with the particular kind of behaviour or problem when it arises and how to prevent it from occurring in the first place (if there is a possibility of doing so).

The advice in these chapters should not be considered as recipes for making all problems disappear. The advice given won't always work for you or the person you are caring for.



Last Updated: Monday 10 August 2009