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

This article comes to us from Personal Health Records, another WordPress blog. I couldn’t find a description on the website, but, from what I gather, it has articles about all sorts of health issues, with a particular focus on celebrities who have health issues. You can click on the title, below, to go to their website and look around. This article talks specifically about anosognosia, which is when someone with cognitive symptoms is unaware of their condition or impairments.

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

When President Woodrow Wilson had a stroke in 1919 his physical health was slightly impacted, but his mental health suffered. Film director Errol Morris, in an opinion column in the New York Times, wrote, “his close associates noticed a change in his personality. He became increasingly suspicious, even paranoid, without having the dimmest awareness of the fact that he was perhaps becoming a different person.” Edwin Weinstein, a neuropsychiatrist who reviewed Wilson’s case in the 1970s, deemed this a classic case of anosognosia – a lack of awareness that one is impaired. Continue reading

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