Managing difficult behaviour

1. Changes in behaviour

A person with dementia may start to behave differently as their condition progresses. They may develop behaviours that are challenging and distressing for carers, themselves and others around them. This page outlines some behaviours that a person with dementia might develop, and explains some of the common causes for these. It also looks at how carers can support a person with dementia and deal with situations caused by these behaviours.

These out-of-character behaviours can be difficult to understand, are often caused by confusion and distress, and may indicate underlying needs. Looking at the causes of the behaviour and identifying the needs of the person can help to reduce these behaviours, or make them easier to cope with.