Many persons with dementia do not recognize or acknowledge their condition or deterioration. This is part of the disease. In fact, some may not even recognize their own reflection in the mirror. If you'd like to recognize some common reactions when a parent with Alzheimer's exhibits symptoms of denial, some of their reactions are:
1. Anger over issues of control and loss.
2. Defensive responses when confronted with facts of memory loss or functional problems.
3. Refusal to make or keep doctor's appointments.
4. Gradual withdrawal from social situations.
5. Less participation in activities that a parent once enjoyed.
6. Unusual or unreasonable fears of people or situations.
7. Excuses for changes in behavior, (such as "I'm tired, I'm a homebody, I don't like to walk")
8. Insistence on continuing activities that are unhealthy or even dangerous,such as driving. In fact we once had a client that would just go and purchase a new car whenever the daughters took away her car keys!!!!
You, as a family member may wish contact an elder care manager if you are in town visiting a loved one and find such symptoms of denial, if you are noticing self-neglect especially with hygiene, if driving is becoming problematic for a parent and you notice increasing car dents, or if mom or dad is just not getting out anymore. We are your source for peace of mind.
A Good Daughter is an Elder Care Management company, located in Palm Beach County. We will cover your aging parent's needs from East Boca Raton to North Palm Beach Gardens and West to Wellington. We offer Comprehensive Assessments and will write a Plan of Care detailing our recommendations for your elderly parents in Southeast Florida. We can assist in implementing our recommendations once they've been reviewed by you and discussed. Our blog aims to provide information about our services and provide solutions. Have questions? Call us at 561.235.2490 to schedule a complimentary visit with you and your parents if you will be in town visiting parents. Please feel free to share our site with other families who may need this kind of help and as always feel free to ask more questions submitting a comment below.
Posted 5th of February 2016 by Olga Brunner
Labels: geriatric care management Living with Alzheimers
I Have worn many hats in my day: Nursing Home Assistant Admin and Activities Director, Assisted Living Admin, Case Management for the State-wide Medicaid Program, and Trainer for Dept of Elder Affairs.