What are responsive behaviours

When we ask people who work or live with people who have dementia about the number one difficulty they face as a care provider, the answer is always challenging behaviour, such as aggression, wandering, physical resistance or agitation.

We call this behaviour “responsive,” because it is not unpredictable, meaningless aggression or agitation. We understand stand that:

  • The person is responding to something negative, frustrating, or confusing in his or her environment
  • The reasons or triggers for challenging behaviours may be external rather than within the individual
  • Problems in the social or physical environment can be addressed and changed