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Coping with changing behaviours

Dementia can lead to behaviour changes. These changes are very common and can be distressing and confusing for families and carers.

The first step for dealing with behavioural changes is to discuss any concerns or changes with a doctor. They can check for physical causes or underlying conditions unrelated to dementia that may be causing these changes. Sometimes the behaviour can also be related to the environment, medication or the person's health.

It's important to remember that not all changed behaviour is deliberate. For the person with symptoms, the nature of the changes in the brain means they may not be aware of any changes.

The resources below can assist you.

24/7 Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service

Dementia Support Australia offers 24/7 in-home support for carers when the person living with dementia is experiencing behaviours and psychological changes that are affecting their care.

Dementia Advisory and Support Service

Ozcare provides a free service funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP). It can assist you in navigating the aged care system. They can visit your home or work with you via telephone.

Dementia workshops

Alzheimer's Queensland dementia workshops designed to arm service providers and carers with knowledge about dementia and how it can impact lifestyles, functional abilities and behaviours.

Resources at Dementia Australia National Library Service

The extensive collection covering all aspects of dementia as well as an eLibrary and library guides (online microsites containing access to a range of curated resources including books, videos, and Dementia Australia publications.)

'My home, my life' practical guide

A practical book that guides people with dementia and carers and contains more than 280 tips.

My Dementia Companion

A free online tool where you can create a personalised and practical information kit to support you in navigating a dementia diagnosis.

Practical guides for dementia care

The Dementia Centre includes booklets and tips for carers with a focus on managing changing behaviours.

Advice for coping with behaviour changes

Dementia Australia provides a range of information and resources along with online and face-to-face education sessions.

Advice for when someone living with dementia refuses care

The Alzheimer's Society provides advice to carers for when a person living with dementia refuses care or denies their diagnosis.

Tips for when seniors refuse care

Home Instead provides tips and advice to carers and family members to help people overcome their resistance to in-home care and support.

Coping with changing behaviours

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