DementiaRoadmap Wales

Promoting living well with dementia across Wales

Guidelines for Helping the Confused Older Person

May 16 2019

These guidelines are designed to help someone be able to provide assistance to an older person experiencing confusion or the cognitive changes associated with dementia although may prove useful for any age group with dementia.

Topics covered:  

  • Signs of dementia  
  • What to do if you are concerned that a person may be developing dementia  
  • Supporting the person with dementia  
  • Communicating with the confused person  
  • Discussing sensitive issues  
  • Discussions and decisions about driving  
  • Discussions and decisions about care  
  • Behaviours that you may find challenging  
  • Resistance to requests 
  • Arguments 
  • Agitation 
  • Anger and aggression 
  • Disinhibited and inappropriate sexual behaviour 
  • Delusions and hallucinations 
  • Assisting the confused person who is wandering 
  • Delirium 

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