Can we be more supportive when people with dementia experience challenging and distressing symptoms such as confusion, disorientation, and “delusions”?
Can we reframe our understanding of ‘confusion and delusions’ experienced by people with more advanced dementia?
People with more advanced dementia quite often experience challenging and distressing symptoms such as confusion, disorientation, and “delusions”. These experiences may appear or feel to be very meaningful to them, and responding to them purely as symptoms of an illness can be unhelpful or even harmful to the person. A JRF-funded Enquiry, led by the Mental Health Foundation, has explored whether we could and should reframe our understanding. Can dementia be reconceptualised to enable responses which are more supportive, therapeutic, and possibly even empowering for people with dementia?
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