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Responsive Behaviours in Older Adults

Responsive behaviours are a way in which persons with dementia, mental health or other neurological conditions may react to their environment or try to communicate their needs.

Examples of responsive behaviours include but are not limited to:

  • Hitting
  • Grabbing onto people
  • Pushing
  • Throwing things
  • Biting
  • Scratching
  • Spitting
  • Hurting self or others
  • Tearing things or destroying property
  • Sexually expressive behaviours
  • Negativism
  • Kicking
  • Pacing / Wandering
  • Trying to get to a different place
  • Eating/drinking inappropriate substances
  • Hiding / Hoarding
  • Performing repetitious mannerisms
  • General restlessness
  • Screaming
  • Cursing
  • Apathy
  • Repetitive sentences or questions

For more information, videos and tips regarding specific responsive behaviours, visit the Alzheimer Society's website.

Are you worried about changes in someone's behaviour? Click here for more information.

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