Managing challenging behaviours
Vous notez peut-être également des changements dans sa personnalité. C’est une source de détresse importante tant pour la personne que pour les aidants, les membres de la famille et les professionnels de la santé.
Neurocognitive disorders can cause challenging behaviours. These apparent changes in personality are a major source of distress for the person with the disease and for caregivers, family members and health care providers. Simple strategies can help to prevent or control certain behaviours. Here are some ways to better manage the challenging behaviours of a person with Alzheimer’s disease.
Generally speaking, it is important to find out what triggered the behaviour.
If your loved one walks away from home unattended, he or she may get lost or become injured. Try to:
If your loved one keeps repeating the same words or actions over and over:
People with this disease sometimes feel others are trying to hurt them or steal their possessions. If this is the case for your loved one:
If your loved one removes his or her clothes or makes physical and verbal advances towards others:
If your loved one has a physical or emotional outburst (e.g., shouting or hitting):
If the behaviours are extreme or are compromising you or your loved one’s safety, you may need to use medication to control them. Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about it or contact your CLSC.
For more information, call Caregiver Support Helpline at 1 855 852-7784. Our professional counselors are on hand to listen, provide information and direct you to resources and services in your area.
Dr. Fadi Massoud Internist – Geriatrics at Charles LeMoyne hospital Clinical Associate Professor, Université de Montréal Clinical Professor, Université de Sherbrooke
Alzheimer society of Canada
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