Dementia: Past Misconceptions
People with dementia act in a certain way because of prior negative life experiences or childhood difficulties. People with dementia can control their behavior and do things deliberately. Failure to act properly is a result of laziness, stubbornness, resistance, or lack of motivation.
Illnesses such as dementia which lack obvious physical signs may lead people to misattribute someone's behavior to poor effort, malevolent intent, personality traits, or prior life experiences. If people assume behaviors are due to lack of morals, they may resort to reasoning with or re-educating the person.