News & Media

25 June 2015

Managing challenging behaviour from dementia

For someone caring for a person with dementia, coping with their changed behaviours can be very difficult, according to Leanne Crowe, Carer Support Coordinator at Latrobe Community Health Service.

For someone caring for a person with dementia, coping with their changed behaviours can be very difficult, according to Leanne Crowe, Carer Support Coordinator at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“It’s important for carers to remember that the behaviour is not deliberate. Anger and aggression are often directed against family members and carers because they are closest.”

Ms Crowe said even for a person with dementia, their own behaviour may come as a shock.

“The behaviour is out of the person’s control and they may be quite frightened by it. They need reassurance, even though it may not appear that way.”

To help carers manage challenging behaviour, Latrobe Community Health Service and Alzheimer’s Australia are providing a family information and support session from 10:30am to 1:00pm on Tuesday 7 July.

The session will be held at Latrobe Community Health Service in Morwell, 81-87 Buckley street.

Ms Crowe said the session is open to everyone.

“If you are family or friend to someone and have concerns about their memory, you’re more than welcome at the event – a dementia diagnosis isn’t necessary.”

To book, call Leanne Crowe on 1800 242 696 or Karen Price on 5625 9178.