Dementia deteriorates the brain. With this deterioration comes unusual behaviors. The changes can be difficult for family and friends. While dealing with these behaviors there are some things to keep in mind which can help make things easier.
Remember that most behaviors have a purpose. People with dementia have a harder time expressing what they want or need. Oftentimes, strange behaviors are the manifestation of them trying to fulfill a need. When witnessing a behavior, try to figure out what need could they possibly be trying to meet. If you can figure that out, you can then try to meet that need another way and maybe put a stop to the behavior.
Behaviors have a trigger. Even if it doesn’t seem like it, there is something triggering the behavior. It could be something in the environment, poor lighting for example, that could be triggering fearful behaviors. One key to changing behavior is to change the patterns in our lives. If you can figure out the trigger, you can remove the stimulus and potentially alter the behavior.
When it comes to dealing with dementia-driven behaviors, it’s best to keep a level head about it. They are not doing what they are doing on purpose. Getting angry and lashing back at people with dementia won’t accomplish anything. Approaching them in a calm, reassuring manner works best.
If you or someone you love is struggling with dementia, remember that we are here to help. We can come up with a comprehensive care plan based on your individual situation and needs.