Physical Aggression

Physical changes in the person's brain could result in the parts of their brain that should regulate their behaviour deteriorating or no longer functioning.

The person may also be using physical aggression as a way of releasing the frustration they feel – many people with dementia have some insight into their deteriorating cognition, making them feel frustrated at not being able to express themselves as they once did, or frustration through being unable to complete a task that used to be part of their daily life, like making a drink or a sandwich.

Contents of this booklet

  • Why does it happen?
  • Ways to support the person
  • Think about unmet needs
  • Understanding the person's health needs
  • Changing daily life