A Guide for Family Carers: Dealing with Behaviours in People with Dementia

This guide is for family carers providing care for a person with dementia. It includes practical information about how to support a person experiencing behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

Each of the 12 modules relates to a specific behaviour or psychological symptom and includes:

  • A description of the behaviour or psychological symptom and what it looks like in dementia.

  • Potential causes and when it is most likely to occur

  • How it affects the person with dementia and others

  • What can be done to help 

  • An example of a family’s experience with BPSD

The modules are:

  1. Overview of behaviours in dementia

  2. Aggression

  3. Agitation

  4. Anxiety

  5. Apathy

  6. Calling out

  7. Delusions and hallucinations

  8. Depression

  9. Sleep pattern changes

  10. Socially inappropriate behaviours

  11. Wandering