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Denial About Dementia

Mar 02, 2020

If you have a loved one with dementia, part of the coping process is denial. You or your loved one may be struggling with the acceptance of the diagnosis. For more about denial about dementia, keep reading.

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Dementia is a disease of the brain that causes symptoms like difficulty remembering events, words, places, and so on. People with dementia may struggle with accepting their memory loss. Dementia is a life-changing disease, and many who are diagnosed do not want their life to change in this way, which can lead to denial.

In order to help those with dementia, some medications can be prescribed. If your loved one was recently diagnosed with dementia, their doctor may have plans for them to start taking Rivastigmine (Exelon), Galantamine (Razadyne, Razadyne ER, Reminly), or Donepezil (Aricept). These medications can help with memory loss and confusion. Other ways to help an individual with dementia is to practice memory activities and play brain games.

It is important for an individual with dementia to embrace their diagnosis. This is because living with dementia can be dangerous if the right steps are not taken. Somebody with dementia is more likely to get involved with car accidents, medication overdoses, falls, getting lost, and financial risks. If your loved one was recently diagnosed, help them identify their diagnosis and encourage them to take the necessary steps to stay safe. Your loved one probably shouldn’t drive, go on walks by themselves, or handle their own medications and finances.

If you are interested in receiving help for your loved one with dementia, consider Help at Home Homecare. We have offices throughout Florida. Our staff can arrange for a caregiver to help tend to your loved one’s needs. A caregiver can help your loved one around the house with daily activities, they can practice memory activities with your loved one, and they can help create a more safe environment. To get started, contact us today.

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