Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)
For many people living with dementia, changes to mood and behaviour are common. These behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) can affect the quality of life for people living with dementia, their friends, families and health care providers supporting them.
Currently over 600,000 Canadians are diagnosed with dementia and 125,000 more are diagnosed each year. While it is often thought of as changes to memory or thinking, changes in people's mood and their behaviour also occur in over 80% of people diagnosed with dementia. Helping people requires that health care providers, those living with dementia and their care partners, are equipped with knowledge and tools to understand what is causing these changes and how best to help in a person-centred way.
Are you a health care professional?
CCSMH is currently developing clinical guidelines to support health care professionals when working with older adults who are experiencing dementia. Find more resources to help support your patients here.
Are you an older adult or care partner?
Click here for more information and resources concerning psychological symptoms and behaviours in dementia.