Is there a change in personality in patients with dementia?
Even though lots of people with dementia undergo considerable personality changes, many keep their original character. For instance, a nice, friendly person is likely to remain the same with Alzheimer’s, whereas a controller may worsen. Some types of dementia may display more severe personality changes, such as frontotemporal and Lewy Body.
Lewy Body leads to hallucination, so you may see behaviours utterly unexpected and different from those of the person you have always known. Some of the behaviours seen in this type of dementia are being impulsive, using offensive language, and generally showing behaviours socially unacceptable.
Typical personality changes related to dementia are as follows:
• Uninterested in activities they used to like
• Insensitive to other people or events
• Paranoiac behaviour
• Delusional thinking
• Lack of initiative