21 June 2018
The new British Psychological Society (BPS) evidence briefing outlines the importance of having a psychological understanding of the complex causes of behaviour that challenges in dementia.
Behaviour that challenges can be defined as an expression of distress by the person living with dementia (or others in the environment) that arises from unmet health or psychosocial needs.
It often reflects the person's attempts to maintain a sense of control, dignity, and wellbeing, or to ease their discomfort or distress.
The key messages of the briefing, prepared by the Society's Dementia Advisory Group, include: