All behaviour has meaning. Responsive behaviours are often a form of communication of an unmet need for an older adult.
Responsive behaviours is a term that is often preferred by persons with dementia, mental health, substance use and/or other neurological disorders to describe how their actions, words and gestures are a response to something important in their personal, social or physical environment. These behaviours are often a result of changes in the brain affecting memory, judgement, orientation and mood.
Examples of responsive behaviours include but are not limited to:
For more information, videos and tips regarding specific responsive behaviours, visit the Alzheimer Society's website.
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