Dementia can affect us all – especially when dealing with changes in day-to-day behaviour. These changes could be caused by many things including a person’s environment, health, or medication. One of the common changes is an increase in agitation.
Agitation is a state of heightened emotional tension that may be observed both physically and verbally. It is often linked to frustration with not feeling in control of their body, perhaps finding everyday tasks more difficult. It could also be due to changes in environment or a lack of sleep. Some signs can include distress, calling out, pacing, difficulty concentrating, picking at bed sheets and being quick to anger.
The helpsheet has been created in collaboration with Professor Sue Kurrle, geriatrician, to assist carers and health care professionals to better identify and respond to the behaviours of someone exhibiting agitation.
To learn more, watch the video or download the helpsheet.