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By Prudence Twigg, Sandy Burgener

Reminiscence loss can create difficulties in each point of someone s existence. The problem of speaking ideas and emotions will be made even tougher by means of different people's damaging perceptions of dementia.

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She could not control the memory loss. Also, if Jane did not think to write a reminder to herself, this may have been caused by something that distracted her at the time. As Jane’s memory loss is not her fault, the result of her forgetting is something she should not blame herself for. If you find you blame yourself when you forget or when things go wrong, try to be realistic about what you expect of yourself. If the effects of the disease have contributed to a negative outcome, then the outcome truly is not your fault.

Roles also help define how you continue to relate to others. How you have fulfilled your role as a parent, for example, may define how you continue to interact with your children. For instance, if you provided guidance for your children much of their lives, they may continue to look to you for advice concerning major life decisions. If your role as parent was more supportive, your children may continue to expect that support. Your role in the workplace defined how you related to your co-workers and colleagues.

You may have totally forgotten to commit this to memory and because your memory is not as good as before it may have more easily slipped your mind. ” This sense of not being able to get it right can result in an overgeneralization of this one very small incident. ” So you have gone from forgetting to do a small task to feeling totally incompetent. You might think this example is an exaggeration of how individuals with memory loss really respond. However, this negative response happens often, especially when you are adjusting to the diagnosis and memory loss.

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