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  • People with dementia continue to need loving, safe relationships and caring touch.
  • Strange behaviour is caused by the illness of dementia, not the person.
  • A person with dementia may have increased or diminished sexual desire.
  • Partners may experience a range of feelings (such as rejection, distaste and guilt) about continuing a sexual relationship with someone who has dementia.
  • Your doctor can refer carers and partners for help or you can contact Alzheimer’s Australia to find out about support groups or arrange to speak confidentially to a counsellor.

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Reviewed on: 31-05-2014