by Carol W. Berman, M.D.
At first, denial can be a healthy defense against admitting that your loved one has dementia.
Denial involves not acknowledging what you see or hear and/or unconsciously negating what you see or hear. Denial helps you block the more painful aspects of reality. However, if denial continues too long, then it can be life-threatening to you and your loved one.
Here’s what happened to me, a psychiatrist, and my husband who died seven months ago from Lewy body dementia…