Anosognosia and Alzheimer's

Lack of awareness of a deficit or impairment.

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  • Anosognosia is not the denial of dementia. When seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia seem unaware that they are cognitively impaired it may appear to be self-denial, but it’s actually far more complicated.

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  • Not all cognitive decline indicates dementia or Alzheimer's. Some cognitive changes are due to conditions or diseases that are treatable or even reversible. It’s important to get tested and find out a diagnosis-whether you want to or not.

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  • People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” can be the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.

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  • Coping with a senior who doesn't understand their dementia diagnosis is challenging. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best advice for dealing with confusion and frustration when providing care for a loved one with dementia.

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