Why do some people with dementia have responsive behaviours?
People with dementia are facing challenges with making sense of the world around them. Someone will display responsive behaviours for many reasons such as:
An unmet need. ie. Temperature, hunger, boredom, loneliness
Physical health issues. ie. Delirium from an infection, arthritis pain
Cognition changes ie. Unable to understand or process information, unable to communicate
Emotional or mood changes ie. Depression, agitation, frustration.
Changing capabilities. ie. Unable to dress/bathe.
New or unfamiliar environment. ie. Hospital or long-term care.
Social changes. ie. Family/friends, interests, likes/dislikes.