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Identifying Dementia

Identifying Dementia – Changes in behaviour

All of our staff are fully trained in Identifying and understanding and Dementia.

There are certain changes in behaviour which can help in identifying dementia. A person may start to behave differently as their dementia progresses.

Many loved ones and friends can find dealing with this more difficult than adjusting to changes such as memory loss. Some common changes you may see include:

  • Restlessness – for example, pacing or fidgeting
  • Repetition – for example, asking the same questions, or repeating an action, over and over
  • Night-time waking, sleeplessness. Also known as ‘sundowning’ – is a term given for increased agitation or confusion in the late afternoon and early evening
  • Putting things in unusual places, and then forgetting where they are
  • Lack of inhibition, such as socially inappropriate behaviour in public. This is particularly common in the behavioural form of frontotemporal dementia
  • Suspicion – for example, the person thinking someone has taken something which belongs to them when they have actually mislaid it.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch for a free care needs assessment by contacting your nearest Atkinson’s home, or head office. We will guide you through the necessary steps for short or long term stays.


Dementia UK