A person with dementia may experience changes in how they respond to sex, be inappropriate or aggressive, mistake a person for someone else, or behave sexually in public. There are ways to manage challenging behaviour.
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Dementia can affect a person's sexual behaviour, sometimes meaning they are less or more interested in sex. Partners of a person with dementia may also feel differently about sex and intimacy. Find out how to manage these changes.
From the June/July 2018 issue of Dementia together magazine, our Ask an expert column tackles a difficult subject.
Find out how different types of needs can affect the behaviour of a person with dementia.
When a person is living with dementia, their sexual behaviour, needs and desires may change. As their partner, yours may too. Your sex life may have changed, and you might need advice on how to cope with this, as well as how to feel better. Talking about sex and intimacy can help.
The most important part of sex and intimacy is consent. A diagnosis of dementia does not mean that someone automatically lacks the ability to consent to sex and intimacy. However, they may have the mental capacity to engage in sex at some times, and lack it at others. Both partners must consent to sexual activity.