Relaxation

Living with dementia can be frightening. Someone with dementia, if disorientated may find themselves in unfamiliar environments and with unfamiliar people frequently as they may not remember or recognise places and people that woud be otherwise familiar to them.

This is just one reason why someone with dementia ay have heightened anxiety. This feeling of being on edge can often result in behaviours that we may recognise as walking with purpose (sometimes described as 'wandering'), shouting out, and other behaviours common to someone who is unable to relax.

Relaxation techniques can be useful in all stages of dementia. With information gleaned from a person's life history you should be able to find something that will aid relaxation for an individual.

Some common relation techniques are: