Q&A: Not recognizing themselves in the mirror

This question was posed in a dementia forum the other day. I think it’s a good question not only for family members and care partners, but also for the wider public to hear. So many times, people think dementia is all about memory loss. Dementia is about a lot of cognitive changes, and memory loss is usually the most common. This Q&A helps to let care partners know about at least one change which is not unusual and helps the general public to realize that dementia is about more than forgetting.

My husband looked in the bathroom mirror this morning and asked “Who’s that?” I knew people with dementia got to where they couldn’t recognize OTHER people but never expected this. Is it “common”???

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