The illnesses that cause dementia can make a person behave in ways they may never have done before they were ill. This may include symptoms such as aggression and even violence towards other people – even people who are trying to help them.
Not everyone with dementia will experience these symptoms, but if they happen to the person you love it can be very upsetting.
Remember that it’s not your fault. If someone acts in a way that scares or worries you, step away or leave the room. Get yourself to a safe place.
Talk to someone about it. This can be hard, especially if the person you’d like to talk to is dealing with his or her own emotions. You could ask your family doctor (GP), or a teacher at school for help. These people have a duty to help keep you safe, and they will want to help you.
This information was updated in November 2019 and is due for review in November 2021. Please contact us if you would like a version with references.