Intimacy and sexuality
Some people find that the closeness they have felt with their partner changes. They might need more, or less, conversation, touch, comfort or understanding. Some people find it harder to balance their own needs and the needs of their partner. Their need for physical closeness and their sexual relationship might also change. These changes can be confusing and upsetting for both the person with dementia and for their spouse or partner.
It can be hard to talk about this. But many allied health professionals, as well as some doctors and nurses, understand these changes. Those with experience in counselling, such as psychologists, social workers and counsellors, have been trained in discussing personal matters.
The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government funded initiative.