Are you in denial about your loved one’s dementia diagnosis?
Being told that your loved one has dementia has to be one of the most difficult situations in the world. There’s no doubt about the fact that dementia will present a lot of challenges for your loved one, as well as for everyone who loves and supports them, but you should know that denial won’t make those challenges any easier to face. In fact, denial can actually put your loved one with dementia in harm’s way. If you haven’t already, read our last blog to learn about some of the risks of denying your loved one’s dementia diagnosis. Keep reading to learn about more risks that come with denial.
Risk #5. Getting Lost
Memory loss and confusion are two of the most notable signs of dementia, and they can also be two of the most troubling. If your loved one is left to live on their own and wander around freely, they could easily forget where they are or how to get home. Even if your loved one has gone to one specific location every day for their entire life, they could still lose their way, and that can put them in further danger of panicking or getting hurt.
Risk #6. Family conflict
If there are multiple people in your family trying to care for your loved one with dementia, it’s important that everyone is on the same page. If some family members are in denial about a dementia diagnosis, there could be conflicts related to how much the family should spend on care, legal issues and many other things. Family members in denial can also put a much heavier burden on the members who are willing to accept the diagnosis because it puts all of the responsibility on them to provide care and support.
Risk #7. Automobile Accidents
When it comes to driving a vehicle, there are many rules and laws that need to be followed in order to keep everyone out on the road safe. If your loved one forgets these rules while they are behind the wheel, the result could be catastrophic not only for themselves but also for anyone around them. Your loved one could also get lost or confused while driving, which could further put them at risk. The sooner you are willing to accept your loved one’s dementia diagnosis, the sooner you can protect your loved one from automobile accidents.
Risk #8. Decline of Your Own Health and Well-being
Many of the risks we’ve gone over have to do with your loved one’s health and well-being, but did you know that denying a dementia diagnosis could put your own health and well-being at risk as well? When you’re in denial about dementia, it’s easy to convince yourself that you have what it takes to care for your loved one on your own. But the fact of the matter is that being a caregiver is hard, strenuous and emotionally-draining work, and if you continue to be in denial about needing help with caring for your loved one, you’ll just continue to put your own health and well-being at risk.
Are you in denial about your loved one’s dementia diagnosis? Finding acceptance can be a challenge, but as you can see, it’s an important one to overcome in order to keep your loved one safe and protected.
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