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Is Your Loved One Hiding Dementia?

Millions of people must face the reality that their elderly parent is suffering from memory loss everyday. The most important part of dealing with this situation is finding out how severe the loss of memory is, or if it is a disease such as Alzheimer’s or they are hiding dementia.

The signs of these diseases may be subtle and simple at first, but will eventually become bigger and more pronounced problems that will affect everyday life. Obviously nobody wants to receive a diagnosis of one of these diseases, which is why denial, refusing to talk about it, and overcompensating for issues are common methods of covering up the symptoms. There is even a condition called anosognosia, which may affect a loved one when there is damage to the part of the brain that allows the perception of one’s own illness. This could give a parent or loved one a lack of awareness of his or her own problems.

It is important to understand and recognize how your loved one could be hiding his or her symptoms so that you can get them the care that the need. Here are a few common signs to be on the lookout for.

  • Covering up basic problems – Sometimes elderly people with memory loss or disease have difficulty driving or interacting with their family and friends. While they may not always have an excuse for their forgetfulness, their spouse may cover for them; they’ll step in and finish sentences, complete tasks, or just make excuses.
  • Refusing to participate in their favorite activities – If your loved one doesn’t want to play a game or participate in a beloved pastime, there could be an underlying problem. He or she may be having issues remembering how to take part in these activities that were once second nature, and learning new information could be even more difficult.
  • Keeping their issues a secret – Seniors will sometimes go to extreme lengths to cover up the fact that their memory is failing them to avoid having to deal with the problem, as they fear that they will lose all of their independence.
  • Blatantly denying their problems – If your loved one insists that they are okay when there is an obvious problem, they are most likely in denial. Excuses such as “I’m just tired” or “It’s just my age” are common cover-ups for a bigger problem.

What matters the most is how your aging parent is functioning on a daily basis. If they are having problems with everyday living and responsibilities, then it is time to visit a doctor. Should they need further assistance, our memory care facilities are wonderful options to keep your loved ones safe and secure. Contact us today for more information.

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