What does it mean when the dementia patient notices that their memory is declining?

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He or she must be in the very early stages of dementia. Eventually, this person won’t realize that his or her memory is declining anymore. It’s important not to “remind” this person that her memory is declining, though. If she brings it up, it’s okay to acknowledge it. Otherwise, make sure you avoid talking about dementia.

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Rachael Wonderlin is an internationally-recognized dementia care expert and consultant. She has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. Rachael owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting and education company.

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