Hi, there are days where your loved one actually recognizes something isn't right. My Gma when I cared for her, rest her soul, she would recognize something wasn't right and couldn't figure out why she couldn't remember things. My GMA would also say she doesn't want to live like this. I think perhaps it is a norm for dementia patients.
As funny as this sounds, I would say to her "Don't worry Grandma, Its just your forgetters working overtime. It happens to everyone, even me." She would laugh a little then say "Really?" Then say "I wonder why this happens" and I would quickly quip how it happens just because of stress, or medications, or not being relaxed enough, not sleeping enough, I would think of any excuse to make her happy again. It worked too, I would have her happy again. It was always about the same time too.
The best way to look at it I have found, is that they go back in time. The memory goes back to when they were a baby, and the body just stays in an adult body. If I were to stop imagine, what it would be like slowly losing my memory I would hate it too. So you just got to make the best of it. Come up with some stuff they would laugh at, like my forgetters working overtime. Perhaps you can try that.
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