The signs of dementia can be difficult to notice at first. Our parent might have trouble recalling certain words or become disoriented. Sometimes we are dealing with a “senior moment”, while other times it might be indicative of a serious issue. It is possible to slow down the disease progression if treatment is offered fast enough.
This means that it is imperative that you be aware how it is possible that someone might hide dementia symptoms. Hiding dementia symptoms for a long period of time could significantly delay the time before assistance is offered, which in turn could lead to more problems.
Method #1 – They Refuse To Participate In Things They Enjoyed
Refusing to try something new, to play a game that was once simple, or to do a chore could mean that our loved one is having difficulties remembering how to do things that were once ‘normal’ to them. As a result, learning new information is difficult. This means that they might avoid trying to learn new things altogether.
Method #2 – Being In Denial
One of the ways to signify denial is to have someone insist that they are fine when there are obvious problems. Blaming their age or suggesting that they are tired are some form of denial. Having someone make excuses is fine, as long as we do not get the sense that we should be worried about our loved one. The reality might be that they are not fine, and need some form of alternative living arrangement
Method #3 – Covering Up Issues
Our loved ones might cover up symptoms – in fact spouses might cover for spouses out of fear of losing them. They might make excuses for their spouse, finish their sentences for them, or help them complete tasks. This might be a sign that something is not going as well as it should.
Method #4 – The Desire To Remain Independent
Most people want to retain their freedom. This means that some seniors are going to take some tremendous steps in order to cover up their cognitive decline. All because they want to remain ‘independent’ for as long as possible. Those who have more education and are of a higher intellect are often able to hide the signs of dementia for much longer. This makes it even more important to be aware of the symptoms or to be vigilant of a cognitive decline.
Method #5 – The Development Of Anosognosia
Anosognosia is more than just denial – it is actual lack of awareness of impairment. Most of our older loved ones are not going to know that they have a cognitive decline. In fact, in those who live with Alzheimer’s, the percentage of those living with anosognosia is upwards of 81 percent. Even though anosognosia is difficult to define, researchers are aware of the fact that it is because of damage or anatomical changes to the part of the brain that affects perception of one’s own illness.