How to Handle Difficult Behaviors
Pacing is often an expression of boredom, agitation, or even insecurity. Shadowing (trailing you around the house) may be linked to dementia.
What to do:
Look for a trigger. Does the pacing happen at a certain time of day? If it happens in late afternoon, it may be the result of boredom. Does it occur when certain people are around or certain events (such as bath time) are underway? That may flag anxiety.
Consider going for walks together, playing music and dancing, or finding other forms of physical activity to help the person channel restless energy.
Make sure favored pathways are clear of clutter or scatter rugs that can lead to tripping or accidental falls.