Dementia: A Systemic Approach to Understanding Behaviour

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Sylvia Davidson, MSc, BSc, Dip Ger, OT Reg.(Ont.), Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, ON.

Caregivers frequently struggle to manage challenging behaviours associated with dementia, often without a good understanding of why these behaviours occur. This article presents a simple framework to help build understanding as well as a systematic approach to dealing with resistance to care.
Key words: dementia, caregiver, systematic approach, understanding behaviour, resisting care.