Can a person with dementia "hide" it?

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How can a person diagnosed with dementia hide it from family they do not live with? Do the family members they live with ever stop being the villains to the rest of the family?

Expert Answer

A social worker and geriatric consultant who specializes in dementia care, Joyce Simard is based in Land O' Lakes, Florida, and in Prague. She is a well-known speaker and has written two books, one focusing on end-of-life care and the other, entitled The Magic Tape Recorder, explaining aging, memory loss, and how children can be helpers to their elders.

I would suggest that you ask her physician if a family conference could be scheduled.  If some of the family can not attend the conference could be a teleconference ling.  Then, everyone would hear the same message and they would have the opportunity to ask questions of her physicians.  It is important for the family to support each other during this stressful time.