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 behaviours is excessive walking or pacing.
Walking or pacing is a behaviour that sees the person with dementia walking up and down repeatedly in the same area. While walking itself is to be encouraged, this kind of walking often results in or discomfort and increases risk of falls, creates social isolation, and may even disturb sleep.
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 walking or pacing.
To learn more, watch the video or download the helpsheet.