A Guide for Family Carers, Dealing with Behaviours in People with Dementia

This guide is for family carers providing care for a person with dementia. It includes practical information about how to deal with the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)

Each module of the guide relates to a specific behaviour or psychological symptom and includes:

  • A description of the behaviour or psychological symptom and what it looks like in dementia.
  • ​Potential causes and when it is most likely to occur
  • How it affects the person with dementia and others
  • What can be done to help manage it
  • An example of a family’s experience with BPSD

The modules are:

  • Module 1: Overview of behaviours in dementia
  • Module 2: Aggression
  • Module 3: Agitation
  • Module 4: Anxiety
  • Module 5: Apathy
  • Module 6: Calling out
  • Module 7: Delusions and hallucinations
  • Module 8: Depression
  • Module 9: Sleep pattern changes
  • Module 10: Socially inappropriate behaviours
  • Module 11: Wandering

Additional considerations may be necessary for those with dementia from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and CALD communities.
Examples are included as family carer scenarios within the module.
As a family carer, you will likely know the person behind the dementia better than the health professionals involved. As such, your contribution to managing BPSD and improving the quality of life of the person with dementia is invaluable.