One of the most difficult problems to deal with as a caregiver is the sometimes strange or disruptive behaviours that people with dementia develop. They may wander, do certain things repeatedly, or insist on unusual routines or activities.
Some behaviours that seem strange or disturbing may be natural expressions of a person's lifelong habits or patterns. Understanding some of the influences on the behaviour may help you deal better with behaviour problems. Try to figure out the reason behind the behaviour:
After you know more about what underlies apparently odd or disruptive behaviours, you will be better able to understand them and respond in a supportive way to the affected person. This can help make things easier for you both. You may find ways to change the person's environment and set up daily routines that make certain behaviours less of a problem. This may also help you avoid having to use medicine to control behaviour.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineBrian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMyron F. Weiner, MD - Geriatric Psychiatry
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of: December 7, 2017
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Myron F. Weiner, MD - Geriatric Psychiatry
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