From this experience, I saw that many people expect that receiving a diagnosis of dementia will be devastating for the person and often family members are concerned about them being told.
For some it does cause distress but for most it either evokes no emotional response or it brings a sense of relief. So many times I have heard the person with dementia (PWD) say “Thank goodness. I knew there was something wrong with me. Now at least I know”.
Whether the person wants to receive their diagnosis or not is their right but knowing it can enable the person to consider their future and plan for it whilst they still can. It also means they have access to various professionals who can offer services to them to address specific problems quickly and enable them to have as good a quality of life as is possible during the course of their dementia.
As a Clinical Psychologist I have observed many cases where the PWD has been...