What can change with dementia?

March 7, 2021
September 7, 2022

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If you’re taking care of somebody with dementia, you may notice changes in the way they behave.

Dementia can often affect thinking and planning skills, and this might mean that a person struggles to carry out everyday tasks. For example, they may find it hard to make a cup of tea because they have difficulties planning the task and carrying out the steps in the right order. Making a cup of tea may seem simple but there are lots of steps involved and actions need to be done in a specific order. 

You may notice changes to the person with dementia’s emotional control. For example, they may become upset or angry with little warning, or you may notice that they act impulsively, seem to overreact to things, or say things that appear rude or uncaring. Sometimes people have difficulty stopping a task or getting started. 

It is important to remember that the person with dementia does not intend to behave in a way that other people find difficult – it is due to the changes in their brain and it can be confusing and upsetting for you both.

One of the best things you can do is to take care of yourself.

It’s important not to blame yourself, and to try to look after your physical and mental wellbeing. Taking care of somebody is one of the most difficult jobs in the world, so you should never feel guilty for taking a break.

For more information on what changes to expect, explore our Virtual Carers’ Centre.

What can change?
Those close to people with dementia usually notice changes in their behaviour and how they react to things
Everyday challenges
Thinking and planning