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Caring for a Senior with Anosognosia

Elderly Care in Oahu HI

Anosognosia is a condition that affects those with Alzheimer’s disease and is one that is difficult to diagnose. It is defined as being unaware that they have Alzheimer’s disease and affects at least 81 Elderly-Care-in-Oahu-HIpercent of seniors with this form of dementia. It can also impact those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury.

Someone with anosognosia may be in danger because they believe they are still able to do all of the things they used to, like drive and go for walks alone in public. If you are concerned over the thought of your loved one living alone, an elder care provider can be hired to help your loved one. Here is some information to help you better understand this condition and whether or not your parent has it.

Signs of Anosognosia

This condition is one that can be extremely difficult to diagnose, but watching for the following symptoms could give you and their doctor an idea of whether or not your parent has it.

  • Problems managing money or paying bills
  • Not able to keep up with their regular daily tasks or personal hygiene
  • Being less withdrawn from conversations without concern over their own behavior
  • Making up statements and answers that they believe to be true
  • Becoming angry when asked about their memory loss, forgetfulness, or difficulties making decisions

How to Help

If your elderly loved one does not realize they have dementia, it is important to approach the topic with them gently. Instead of telling them that they have this condition, try these tips to help communicate with them much easier.

  • Stay positive. When asking them to complete a task, use a gentle touch and encouraging, empathetic voice.
  • Create a schedule. Make a schedule of tasks that should be completed daily. This should include chores, personal hygiene, and even downtime when you are able to relax.
  • Delegate the tasks. Instead of handling all of the responsibilities alone, an elder care provider can be  hired to take care of these tasks. This will allow you to have more time to focus on yourself instead of the millions of things you have to do.
  • Work with them. If the elder is capable of helping with certain tasks, let them. Doing so will give them back some of their independence.
  • Remain calm. There will most likely be some times when you are feeling frustrated or stressed. It is important that these feelings are not taken out on your loved one, as this could cause them to act out.

Someone who has dementia and anosognosia should be handled with care. Talk to their doctor for more tips on how to communicate with them.

Have questions about elderly care in Oahu, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today.  Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853.  Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Jermie Chadwick, CEO

Jermie graduated with her nursing degree from Ateneo De Davao University. Jermie has a compassionate nature, being raised by her Grandparents and Aunt who instilled in her respect for elders, as well as the “golden rule” to help others is priority. Jermie worked for many years with two of the leading Health Care Agencies in Hawaii and received many accolades from both the companies and the clients. During this time she expanded upon her extensive health care training and knowledge, by gaining vast practical experience. Today Jermie’s skills and experience are utilized in her oversight of all aspects of care provided by All Care Hawaii, assuring that the company she founded remains consistently committed to the best care for others and responsive to all client’s needs.