How do you cope when your loved one doesn't know they have dementia?
My 64 year old grandfather was diagnosed with dementia last year. However, our family doctor told me and my mother (his daughter), and we haven't told my grandfather. We weren't completely sure he had it, which is one of the reasons we haven't told him. However, the last 9 months have been really hard and stressful. We are certain it is dementia, and he doesn't know he has it. He is taking Aricept, but he just thinks they're everyday pills. I think I have heard him say they're for his memory, but I don't think he quite knows what he has. He has good days and bad days. He can remember things from years ago, and days ago, but not so much the current day, like, what he had for breakfast. He can't remember phone numbers, or his pin number for his banking information. Mine and my mothers concern with telling him, is that it could worsen the symptoms. I know it's not fair that we keep it from him, we just aren't sure how to tell him or if we should. Should we have our doctor be in the room when we tell him? My mother and I just need some information on these topics. Thank you for your support and information.