Do People with Dementia Know they have Dementia?

People with this illness don’t know they have it, They don’t understand that anything is wrong. This little-known yet common consequence of this kind of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders is called anosognosia, and it leaves people unaware that they are compromised by illness.

Imagine someone who survives a stroke and is paralyzed on the left side of his body, but is convinced he can walk without assistance. A less extreme example: Someone with moderate memory deficiency gets lost on the road or has accidents, but thinks she is driving just as well as ever.

This is not denial, said Sandra Weintraub, a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Northwestern University. “It’s a lack of insight and awareness,” she said. “Everyone else around them is aware they’re not the same, and they are not.”

Sometimes anosognosia is selective: An aging parent may realize she has a problem with one kind of activity but is oblivious to other difficulties. But in other cases, the lack of self-awareness is more extensive. According to some estimates, up to 42 percent of people with early Alzheimer’s disease have symptoms of anosognosia. And as dementia progresses, the symptoms also advance, evidence suggests.

Trying to make someone with this problem understand that they have changed and need to accept new limits often is an exercise in frustration, Dr. Weintraub said. Reasoning and evidence make little difference to these patients.

Brain studies suggest that the lack of awareness may be linked to the deterioration of the frontal lobes, especially on the right side, which play an important role in problem-solving, planning, and understanding the context and meaning of experiences and social interactions. Some studies also point to atrophy in the temporal lobes.


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Someone develops Dementia every 3 minutes. Dementia is a collection of brain diseases with Alzheimer’s being most common and it is not just about memory loss. Everyone experiences dementia differently, from behavior changes, to difficulty processing conversations, to confusion over everyday tasks-such as how to make a cup of coffee or tea. People should not be defined by their dementia, they should be given opportunities and experiences to enjoy life and relationships. Listen to what the person with dementia is telling us. A timely diagnosis enables people to plan for the future together. Humor with a dementia patient lessens frustration and maintains self-esteem. People living with dementia speak of the need to emphasize what is achieved rather than what isn’t. Although dementia patients need more time to process information, don’t answer for them, just give them time. It’s important for others to know the person with dementia, such as their interest and passions. Showing pictures and videos of family events to a loved one with dementia is a great memory jogger, as well as quality time spent, humor is great, and it will also ease their mind, give them comfort, make them happy and not feel left out. How a person lives with dementia depends on who they are, their own individual diagnosis, and their support and connections. People can and do live well with dementia.



The Discovery of Dementia

Alois Alzheimer identified Auguste Deter as the first Alzheimer’s patient in 1906.

Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness whose symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. Early onset (dementia) of Alzheimer’s disease is caused by mutation in a single gene. A mutation whose ultimate effect is the formation of amyloid plaques. These plaques form between nerve cells and suffocate them.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the greatest health problems today.  Approximately 100 million dementia sufferers are predicted worldwide by 2050, the majority of whom will have Alzheimer’s disease. 95% of Alzheimer’s patients suffer late onset of the illness after age 65. Dementia is an illness that usually occurs slowly over time, and includes a progressive state of deteriation in the brain.

A Neurologist can determine through a series of tests if you are suffering from or headed for Alzheimer’s disease.


10 Things a Person with Dementia Would Tell You If They Could


  1. You know what makes me feel safe, secure, and happy? A smile.
  2. Did you ever consider this? When you get tense and uptight it makes me feel tense and uptight.
  3. Instead of getting all bent out of shape when I do something that seems perfectly normal to me, and perfectly nutty to you, why not just smile at me? It will take the edge off the situation all the way around.1
  4. Please try to understand and remember it is my short term memory, my right now memory, that is gone — don’t talk so fast, or use so many words.
  5. You know what I am going to say if you go off into long winded explanations on why we should do something?I am going to say No, because I can never be certain if you are asking me to do something I like, or drink a bottle of castor oil. So I’ll just say No to be safe.
  6. Slow down. And don’t sneak up on me and start talking. Did I tell you I like smiles?
  7. Make sure you have my attention before you start blabbering away. What is going to happen if you start blabbering away and you don’t have my attention, or confuse me? I am going to say No – count on it.
  8. My attention span and ability to pay attention are not as good as they once were, please make eye contact with me before you start talking. A nice smile always gets my attention. Did I mention that before?
  9. Sometimes you talk to me like I am a child or an idiot.How would you like it if I did that to you? Go to your room and think about this. Don’t come back and tell me you are sorry, I won’t know what you are talking about. Just stop doing it and we will get along very well, and probably better than you think.
  10. You talk too much — instead try taking my hand and leading the way. I need a guide not a person to nag me all the time.



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How Coconut Oil Helps with Memory Loss


Scientists have found that coconut oil does improve memory and reduces memory loss. Mrs. Newport’s husband had Alzheimer’s and medication did not help. So, Mrs. Newport gave her husband coconut oil and the results were immediate and showed dramatic memory improvement, as well as, functionality improvement.

Scientific Research


A study in 2004 regarding the effects of coconut oil given to senior citizens with dementia and Alzheimer’s showed an improved score on the Alzheimer’s Cognitive rating scale. In addition, everyone showed an immediate improvement on a Paragraph-Recall memory test. People really are seeing that coconut oil does improve memory, drastically! Taking coconut oil regularly definitely has overwhelming positive results. The sooner you make a change the better the results will be. Even in severe conditions coconut oil has been proven to reverse memory loss from all different types of dementia.

How It Works


Coconut Oil gives your brain a boost. Everything you eat turns into energy, fat, and waste. Your muscles need energy to keep you strong and active. Your immune system needs energy to keep you healthy. Your brain needs energy to process and recall memory. As you age your brain loses the ability to absorb glucose and convert it to energy. This results in memory loss and other disorders. Ketones can still be absorbed by the brain and used as an energy substitute. The more pure the ketone is, the better….Coconut Oil is about 60% pure and absorbed more easily and quickly by the brain and converted directly into energy. Results of coconut oil are almost immediate as your brain is getting an instant fuel boost.


Benefit of Coconut Oil


Coconut Oil is used to treat diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, thyroid conditions and chronic fatigue. Additionally, coconut oil is used topically to moisturize the skin and treat skin conditions. Coconut Oil is a great weight loss product as well because it increases energy, improves cholesterol levels, and promotes healthy weight.


Dosage and Dietary Guidelines


The improved memory from using coconut oil last about 8 hours. It’s best to take multiple doses per day, like most other medications.

Week 1 – 1Tbsp 2x per day

Week 2 – 1 Tbsp 3x per day

Ongoing – 1 Tbsp – 4x per day

You can take 6-8 Tablespoons per day, but anymore may cause diarrhea. It is best to use the coconut oil with foods that are high in protein and fiber because these types of foods helps your brain and body to better absorb the nutrients.


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