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It still seems that we too readily accept the use of the term challenging behaviour in reference to people living with dementia as though a) it should be expected and b) “they” are doing this to be difficult.  Of course when we think about this we know that this is not true. But even the whitewashed version: behaviour that challenges places the emphasis on the behaviour of the person without taking into account the bigger picture.

At the DSDC we recommend using the term stress and distress, because most changes in behaviour are caused by heightened levels of stress for the person living with dementia. This stress can be caused by any number of things. Until we can identify the cause of the stress it can be difficult to alleviate the individuals stress levels.  For people with living with dementia, and people living without dementia, prolonged periods of high stress lead to distress which usually manifests itself in...

Dementia Centred
14th Feb 2018

Are public services delivering equality for LGBT+ service users? In a socially progressive society like the UK, the...

Dementia Centred
14th Feb 2018

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