Coping with Mirror Anxiety in Dementia Patients

People with dementia move backwards in time, and may no longer recognize their current selves in mirrors (or any reflective surfaces, like inside windows at night-time).by Rita JablonskiAlzheimer's Reading RoomSome people “friend” themselves (seeWhen Alzheimer's Patients Friend Themselves).They happily talk to and interact with their reflection.Other people become upset when they see a stranger staring at them in the mirror.Article -Dementia Patients are People TooSubscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading RoomEmail:Reflections can cause paranoia or accusations of infidelity arise.Has your loved one everaccused you of having an affair?Or, told you there is someone else in the house?Think about it. If I don ’t recognize my reflection and see some strange person staring back at me, and then I notice my spouse standing next to this strange person, I am going to decide that my spouse is running around with this stranger.This actually happens with dementia patients.Article -Alzheimer's Care, Don't ArgueWhen mirror anxiety happens,I suggest removing the mirrors. If that is not feasible, place a towel or cloth over the mirror.Keep window shades and curtains drawn at night so that the person with dementia does not see their reflection in the glass.Some people have decorative art that incorporates mirrors or reflective surfaces. You may need to remove these objects. You can leave the wall bare or replace with a canvas painting/reproduction of flowers or landscapes. Avoid r...
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Authors: Lai AX, Kaup AR, Yaffe K, Byers AL Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare occurrence of clinically diagnosed psychiatric disorders and suicidal behavior (mental health disorders) across dementia subtypes in the largest healthcare system in the United States. METHODS: We aggregated two national databases (Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] National Patient Care Database, National Suicide Prevention Applications Network [SPAN]) and estimated 2-year prevalence of mental health disorders across five dementia subtypes during fiscal years 2012-2013. Using VA healthcare systems throughout the United States, the samp...
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When Nancy Daly was helping to care for her late mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, the stress was so great that she would often shut herself in a bathroom and cry into a towel. For more than two years, Daly regularly flew from her home in California to her mother’s in Maryland, eventually to no recognition. “It was as if my entire childhood was erased, when she did not know me,” says Daly, 59. “But I had to grit my teeth and bear it. It was my job to be there.” Daly’s situation is likely familiar to many of the 16 million Americans who serve as unpaid caregivers to someone with ...
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What to do when dementia patient refuses care.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomOne of the biggest problems we face as caregivers isHow to get an Alzheimer's Patient to cooperate.In order to get an Alzheimer's Patient to cooperate you need to make some changes in the way you communicate.If you continue to try and explain why you want cooperation you are usually using too many words.Trying to convince a person living with dementia rarely works.Instead of convincing you need to learn how to use fewer words; and,how to guide your loved one.Here are 7 good articles that should help you accomplish this mission.Subscribe to ...
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Authors: Becker E, Orellana Rios CL, Lahmann C, Rücker G, Bauer J, Boeker M Abstract BACKGROUND: The aetiology of dementia is not yet fully understood. Stress can have a damaging effect on brain health. The prognostic effect of anxiety is still unclear regarding Alzheimer's disease as well as vascular dementia.AimsTo explore the association between anxiety and future dementia. METHOD: Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Web of Science and ALOIS were searched for publications up to 12 January 2018. Longitudinal studies with a follow-up of at least 2 years were included, if the trait or state anxiety had been assesse...
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Authors: Becker E, Orellana Rios CL, Lahmann C, Rücker G, Bauer J, Boeker M PMID: 30334505 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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