Dementia affects not only your loved one's ability to remember, but can cause them to behave differently. In certain cases, behaviour linked to dementia, such as aggression or wandering, can be a cause for concern.
When taking care of your loved one, caregivers will need to ascertain some factors that may have caused the behaviour to happen.
While caregivers may feel inclined to ask their healthcare professionals for medicine that can address such behaviour, in reality, it is the daily, non-drug methods and techniques that are more effective in the long term. These techniques include:
Is your loved one behaving aggressively?
Sometimes your loved one may behave aggressively, display an outburst of emotions, or throw a "tantrum", if there are unmet needs that cause them discomfort. Learn the possible unmet needs and what you can do if your loved one behaves aggressively.
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How to address wandering behaviour in your loved one with dementia
Wandering behaviour can be caused by various factors such as habit, boredom, looking for someone or trying to get away. See attached for the details and strategies to manage your loved one.
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Is your loved one experiencing difficulties with eating?
As persons with dementia also often have difficulties communicating, it is not easy trying to figure out why they refuse to eat. This can happen for a variety of reasons:
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Is your loved one experiencing Sundowning?
If your loved one with dementia displays behaviour changes particularly in the evening, do not brush it off as just a symptom of dementia. These behaviour changes, such as agitation, aggression, confusion and restlessness, are known as sundowning and often occur in the moderate to severe stages of dementia.
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Food plays a very important part in our lives, so it can be difficult for caregivers when they see their loved one losing interest in food and consequently losing weight.
This tends to happen towards the advanced stage of dementia. It may seem as though your loved one is being starved. However, the reality is that their metabolic rate goes down and they use less energy too. Your loved one may not be as active or mobile as before and may not require the same amount of calories they had when they were more active. In fact, having a reduced interest in food or fluid intake can be a part of "natural progression" as we age.
Is your loved one experiencing urinary incontinence?
Urinary incontinence is a common problem in dementia. As the disease progresses, your loved one may become less aware of their toileting needs and urinate unconsciously. Deterioration may lead to urinary tract infection, an enlarged prostate gland, impaired mobility, and constipation. Click here to learn how you can manage this issue.
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Is your loved one experiencing constipation?
Constipation is a source of discomfort, and can worsen confusion and agitation. It also makes passing urine more difficult and can cause urinary retention. Here is some information on how to manage this condition.
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