A Lesser Known Symptom of Alzheimer’s Disease: Anosognosia
Anosognosia, Is Also Called Lack Of Insight. It Is A Symptom Of A Severe Mental Illness That Impairs One’s Ability To Understand And Perceive Their Own Illness.
“I do NOT have Alzheimer’s disease! There is not anything wrong with me!” If you have listened to a friend or family member with dementia frustratingly express this or a similar sentiment, it is likely you have believed that individual was merely in denial and reluctant to come to grips with a difficult diagnosis. The simple truth is, however, that often people who have Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions are experiencing anosognosia – an unawareness of their own impairment.
It is challenging to figure out the best way to respond. Especially to a senior who seems to be unaware of their own cognitive functioning challenges. The suggestions below may help family caregivers better relate to their aging loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and anosognosia:
- Keep in mind that the senior, although short of awareness within one area, is not necessarily dealing with overall unawareness. The senior might be unaware of the memory impairment brought on by dementia. However, may possess full awareness of the physical constraints related to rheumatoid arthritis, for example.
- Anticipate changes in the senior’s level of anosognosia. While seemingly completely unaware of a specific challenge at present, the amount of awareness may shift as time passes.
- Completely support the elderly person to state his or her emotions, thoughts and feelings at all times free of judgment. It is crucial for them to feel comfortable sharing any issues freely. The senior needs to know the importance of truthfulness without the desire to conceal or cover up.
Assistance In Handling Anosognosia And Other Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Anosognosia, and other elements of Alzheimer’s disease, like sundowning, troublesome behaviors, wandering, and aggression, can be quite problematic, both for the senior fighting these problems and their loved ones. It is essential for the family to look for a strong community of support and to educate themselves about the disease and suggestions for coping. It is equally important for family caregivers to allow sufficient time for self-care.
Consider Hibernian Home Care for more guidance on effectively managing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, such as anosognosia, to allow your senior loved one to experience the highest possible quality of life consistently. By forming a partnership with family members, this enables them to provide safe, knowledgeable memory care services. Our professional caregivers give family members the opportunity to step away for a period of time to rest and recharge. Whether the need is just for a few hours each week or full-time, around-the-clock care, we can help. Fill out our Contact Us web form or call us at 732-481-1148 to learn more about our senior services or to arrange for a complimentary in-home consultation.