These advances in complex technology are important, but there have also been developments in helping people to deal with their psychological symptoms.
Research into improving these approaches continues, and other new approaches are also being explored. These include social media support groups and memory improvement apps. Another goal of research into psychological interventions is to find ways to help manage challenging behaviour in people with dementia without having to resort to antipsychotic medicines. One method that is providing promising results is known as functional analysis. This is based on the theory that the best way to manage challenging behaviour is to understand the motivation driving it. People with dementia often act in challenging ways because they feel their needs are not met, and that makes them upset.