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Many seniors experience increased forgetfulness, agitation, and anxiety when they suffer from dementia, but deny that anything is wrong when family members express concerns. This can make an already difficult situation even more frustrating, especially if it seems that they are genuinely unaware of their dementia.
Spring Hills has seen this happen many times, and has extensive experience in both memory care and dealing with this condition, known as Anosognosia.
Anosognosia in dementia is actually a neurological disorder that results from physiological damage to parts of the brain. It’s not that your loved one is denying that they suffer from dementia because they are being stubborn, or that it’s a psychological defense mechanism. They are unable to recognize the fact that they have dementia. They might also not realize it because:
Sometimes, when a family member is in dementia denial due to anosognosia, it’s even harder to handle, because they don’t see the evidence that they are suffering from dementia.
This can be an extremely difficult conversation to have with a spouse or other loved one in dementia denial. How do you tell someone they have dementia when they can’t see it themselves? Here are some tips that may be helpful to you:
Throughout this process, be sure to provide them with emotional support. Remind them that it is okay to be worried. If they do refuse to accept that they have dementia, try to simply be in the moment with them and give it time. It may also be necessary to seek qualified memory care services from a group like Spring Hills. Our caregivers have years of experience in managing dementia and do so in a holistic and empathetic way.
For assistance in approaching your loved one’s dementia, or to inquire about holistic memory care services near you, contact us. We’re more than happy to help you and your loved one continue leading the lives you both love.