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Session 6 - Responding to Behaviours that Challenge Us


Taking care of a person with Alzheimer’s disease is not an easy task. It is important to try to understand the disease and its effects on a person’s behaviour. Then, even if his actions may seem out of place to you, you may realize that they make sense to him.  For example, if he throws his dishes in the garbage, it may be because he is trying to get rid of something dirty. He is trying to help and no longer understands that this is not appropriate.

Although taking care of a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult, it can also be rewarding. Solving problems and becoming confident in knowing how to give care can provide you with a great sense of satisfaction.

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this session, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate that all behavior has meaning.
  • Know how to respond appropriately to behaviors that challenges us.
  • Describe potential challenging behaviours and helpful management strategies.
  • Identify community supports/resources for assistance with issues related to behaviors that challenge us.

Work through the various parts of the session at your leisure.  Move from one part to another at your own pace and in the order that makes sense to you, based on your own needs and interests.

Take time to visit the Discussion Forums, where you can post, in a common area, messages to all other community members. It’s a place for you to interact with others and to discuss the topics and ideas introduced throughout this session. 

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  • Introduction

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  • Part 1 - Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

    Part 1
  • Part 2 - A “Picture” of Dementia

    Part 2
  • Part 3 - Managing Your Triggers: For the Person with Dementia

    Part 3
  • Part 4 - Reflection and Next Steps

    Part 4
  • Summary


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