Understanding symptoms

Dementia can affect a person's personality, mood and behaviour. Learn more about understanding and supporting a person who is experiencing these changes.

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These resources provide caregivers and service providers with tips and strategies for supporting people living with dementia who are experiencing changes in their mood, personality and behaviour.

Changes in mood and personality

Apparent changes in the personality of the person living with dementia can be a major source of distress both to the person who is experiencing the symptoms and to those who support them.

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Delusions and hallucinations

Hallucinations and delusions can be symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. With hallucinations or delusions, people do not experience things as they really are.

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Repetitive behaviours

Understand why a person living with dementia may be repeating the same action, again and again, and learn how to manage this behaviour.

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Dementia and behaviour

Dementia can have an effect on how a person behaves, and how they process sensory information and emotions. These changes can be upsetting and frustrating for both the person living with dementia and those around them.

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Sexual behaviour

Dementia does not change the need for love and affection. It can, however, affect a person’s interest in sex, either increasing or decreasing it.

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