When a person has needs that cannot be expressed, they often communicate by actions. Babies are unable to communicate their needs so they use actions until they get what they need such as:
- Throwing things.
Individuals with dementia face similar situations because the illness affects their ability to organize their thoughts or find words quickly. Unable to express their need to their caregiver they may use other strategies including:
The action could be an expression of pain, loneliness, boredom or something uncomfortable on their body.