Dementia: A Systemic Approach to Understanding Behaviour

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.