Most people understand Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as a failure of the brain’s capacity to recall details and memories. What’s often forgotten, however, are all of the additional mental health issues that arise alongside slipping details.
How would you feel if you woke up one day and couldn’t remember what city you lived in? What would you do if someone unfamiliar to you struck up a conversation and told you details about yourself that a stranger shouldn’t know? These prospects are terrifying for someone of sound mind, yet reality for someone living with a neurocognitive disorder.
Anxiety, depression and overall emotional distress are a daily part of living with dementia. They’re bred by confusion and uncertainty, resulting from situations like the ones mentioned above. And, without addressing these emotional burdens, the quality of life of an individual living in cognitive decline can rapidly sink.