Living well - Quality of life - Understanding personal expressions and managing distress

As a person's dementia progress, they start to experience the world around them differently. For this reason, it may become more difficult to control your emotions, reactions and responses. This may lead to changes in how you react physically and emotionally to your environment (i.e., mood changes, restless, anger etc.).

It is often better to view these changes as 'personal expressions'. Personal expresssions can be used to describe how people express and communicate their words, actions, feelings, needs and preferences. We have created a resource to explain what we mean by personal expressions

Source: The information above was compiled with permission from the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP). (2007). Managing Triggers: A 'By Us For Us" Guide. Waterloo, Canada, University of Waterloo: MAREP.

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