Shouting and screaming
A person with dementia may scream, shout or moan or use abusive language, occasionally or repeatedly. Here are our tips for managing shouting.
- Behaviour changes
- Managing and reducing out-of-character behaviour
- Repetitive behaviour
- You are here: Shouting and screaming
- Sleep and night-time disturbance
- Hiding, hoarding and losing things
- Trailing and checking
- Losing inhibitions
- Behaviour changes - other resources
Shouting and screaming can be very distressing for carers and the person with dementia, and can cause emotional strain between them.
There are many possible reasons for why a person with dementia shouts, including:
- pain or discomfort
- attempting to communicate a need, eg hunger or thirst
- a feeling, eg anxiety, loneliness or boredom
- under-stimulation or over-stimulation
- a response to a hallucination or misperception
- communication problems
- an unsupportive environment - eg it may be too hot, too cold or too dark.
Shouting and screaming: tips for carers
- Don't ignore or talk over the person. Involve them in what is happening and explain what is going on. The behaviour may be a response to them misinterpreting your intentions.
- Try to make sure the person has social interaction and sensory stimulation.
- Consider relaxing approaches such as music, aromatherapy or massage and touch.
- Make sure the person has had their sight and hearing checked.
- Consider how a room looks in the dark and whether anything is potentially frightening. A nightlight in the bedroom may be reassuring.
Want more advice on aggression and dementia?
Read more our tips for managing and responding to aggressive behaviour.