Many individuals with dementia have difficulty accepting the diagnosis especially when their memory loss has advanced. Sometimes an evaluation by a psychiatrist or a mental health specialist can provide insight into the degree of cognitive impairment that exists and give a foundation for discussion with the individual diagnosed with dementia. Often family members dread the diagnosis as much as the individual involved, because the situation now becomes more real, there is no cure, and long term care plans must be made, or at least the need for such acknowledged.

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