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.
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.
A free information and support service for people with dementia and their families, as well as support to navigate the aged care system. The service is funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
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.
A practical book that guides people with dementia and carers and contains more than 280 tips.
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.)
A free online tool where you can create a personalised and practical information kit to support you in navigating a dementia diagnosis.
The Dementia Centre includes booklets and tips for carers with a focus on managing changing behaviours.
Dementia Australia provides a range of information resources along with online and face-to-face education sessions to support carers to manage changes in behaviour as a result of dementia.
The Alzheimer's Society provides advice to carers for when a person living with dementia refuses care or denies their diagnosis.
Coping with changing behaviours
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