Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

Clinical Guidelines

Discover the guidelines on Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD).


For Health Care Professionals

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For Older Adults & Care Partners

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Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)

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.

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Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Assessing and Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia

The development of these guidelines brought together people who have experience living with dementia, researchers and health care professionals to identify best practices to prevent and treat behavioural changes in dementia and develop resources and tools that can be shared across Canada.

Stay tuned: online orders for printed copies of the guidelines will be possible soon. Fees may apply.

Do you support someone experiencing changes in mood or behaviour related to dementia?

The Behaviours in Dementia Toolkit is a brand-new online library of over 300 free, practical resources that can help you better understand and compassionately respond to dementia-related changes in mood or behaviour.