Changed behaviours and dementia
Dementia affects people in different ways. Understanding why someone is behaving in a particular way may help you with some ideas about how to cope.
1 Changed behaviours
This Help Sheet looks at some of the common behaviour changes that may occur when a person has dementia. Reasons for the changes and some general guidelines for coping with them are discussed.
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2 Problem solving
This Help Sheet discusses some ways to think about any changes in behaviours that are occurring as a result of dementia. It describes a problem solving approach that may help you manage any behaviours if and when they arise.
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3 Depression and dementia
This Help Sheet looks at depression in people with dementia, how to recognise it, and importantly, ways in which it may be treated.
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This Help Sheet looks at the wandering behaviour of some people with dementia. The reasons for wandering are discussed, as well as some suggestions for ways to manage it.
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This Help Sheet explains why some people with dementia are particularly restless in the afternoon and evening, a condition sometimes known as sundowning. It gives some practical advice to families and carers for managing sundowning.
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6 Anxious behaviours
This Help Sheet discusses the causes of anxious behaviours which may be a distressing sympton of dementia and suggests some ways to manage them effectively, as well as some sources of additional help.
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7 Aggressive behaviours
This Help Sheet discusses the causes of aggressive behaviours, which may sometimes occur as a result of dementia, suggests some ways to manage and some sources of help.
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8 Agitated behaviours
This Help Sheet discusses some of the causes of agitated behaviours, which can be a very concerning symptom of dementia and suggests ways to prevent and manage them if they occur.
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9 Hallucinations and false ideas
This Help Sheet discusses some of the causes of hallucinations and false ideas such as paranoia and delusions and suggests ways that families and carers can deal with them.
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10 Disinhibited behaviours
This Help Sheet describes the signs and causes of disinhibited behaviours that are tactless, inappropriate or offensive as well as some sources of help.
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