Doesn’t the person know that they have dementia? They may not. What can be perceived as denial or being stubborn can actually be a lack of awareness that there are any deficits. The medical term for this is “anosognosia” and it means “without knowledge of disease”. When anosognosia occurs there is a limited ability to have insight into ones true abilities. As a result, the person you are caring for may not be able recognize the symptoms of dementia. So as a caregiver/ partner, how do you cope?
Driving is one of the most challenging and emotionally charged aspects of dementia. While older individuals can drive safely, those with dementia generally cannot. Dementia gradually erodes key areas of function necessary for safe driving. These area include response times, judgement, problem solving skills, and sense of direction.
The holidays are often a special time for families, including meaningful traditions and get-togethers. When one family member has a diagnosis of dementia, caregivers question how to enjoy the season in a special way for everyone. But there are ways to adapt celebrations so that everyone is able to enjoy the holidays together. Consider these eight (8) tips by Dr. Rhonda Feldman.
In Part II, Dr. Feldman explores ways in which we can make small changes that will have a positive impact on stigma for the person with dementia and the family care partner. The more we learn about the symptoms of dementia, and the best ways to communicate with someone with dementia, the less we draw on incorrect assumptions.
Stigma around dementia refers to assumptions made about someone because they have a diagnosis of cognitive impairment. Dr. Rhonda Feldman discusses the real life impact of stigma on people with dementia and the family members who care for them.