A person with dementia can experience a series of personality changes. Depending on the type of dementia, these changes include a lack of empathy. This can mean not understanding people’s feelings as well as sharing in those feelings. It is a hallmark in those with behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) but it can also occur in those with younger onset dementia.
If you are a caregiver of a parent with dementia, this change can be particularly jarring. It can also put you in embarrassing situations in public when your loved one acts out of character. Moreover, it can cause a lot of tension in relationships — especially in parent-child relationships. However, there are ways to diffuse this situation.
How To Handle A Lack Of Empathy In Dementia Patients:
To date, there is not a lot of research on how to deal with a lack of empathy in dementia patients. Conversely, there are a lot of holistic methods that discuss how caregivers can use empathy when dealing with dementia patients. More research is needed in this area to better equip caregivers and family members to deal with this particular change.
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