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Alzheimer\'s and Anosognosia


Tips for Dealing With People Who Don't Know They Have Dementia

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More than denial, anosognosia is a lack of awareness of impairment – most people do not even know they are ill – and it affects up to 81% of those with Alzheimer's disease. A Place for Mom recently ha READ MORE

The Anosognosic's Dilemma: Something's Wrong but You'll Never Know What It Is (P...

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How can we begin to understand "anosognosia"? Maybe this essay will help... 1. The Juice David Dunning, a Cornell professor of social psychology, was perusing the 1996 World Almanac. In a sect READ MORE

Anosognosia (Unawareness of Decline or Difficulties)

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The purpose of this educational session is to provide some information on a condition in which changes in brain cells lead to some or complete unawareness of decline in ability, such as decline in sho READ MORE
A lack of awareness of impairment, not knowing that a deficit or illness exists, in memory or other function is called anosognosia. The term anosognosia refers to brain cell changes that lead to a lack of self-awareness. The person with anosognosia is not in denial; they have limited awareness or are unaware of the decline. When people with anosognosia confabulate, they believe what they are saying; they are not lying. Their remarks should be treated with respect, followed by a smooth transition to whatever tasks or activities need to occur next. Regular help for the home and family, planning ahead and working with a positive, partnership approach will help with the long-term, daily care management.
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