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Facing dementia — 5 Comments

  1. Pingback: Dementia and How It Affects Our Aging Parents

  2. Ian

    What you say is very true of our parents generation but I think things are changing today.

    I’ve never felt any need to hide the fact that both of my parents suffer from confusion and dementia but I’ve noticed that some of their own friends are in denial about my parent’s situation.

    The denial used to work in reverse also while my parents were still capable of holding a conversation.

    Nowadays, I find a smile and a hug works wonders 🙂

  3. I think you’re probably right, Steph. I think the pattern of clerical visiting probably means I see people and their contemporaries rather than younger family members.

  4. If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny. Perhaps her ‘friends’ were in denial because they didn’t like watching her deteriorate, signs of what could happen to them as they age. It’s a frightening thing watching your friends lose their faculties.

  5. I just think it was the perception that her illness had some sort of stigma. Talking about it as an illness caused by chemical processes in the brain helps break down the images.

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