Let's not confuse apathy with laziness //
Have you ever wondered why your loved one with dementia has stopped doing things they used to once do and enjoy? Does it get frustrating when you feel as though you have to remind and encourage them to do things; things that they once did automatically without needing a reminder?
Let's talk APATHY. Apathy is very commonly experienced by people living with dementia and it is not by choice. Apathy essentially means a lack of internal drive to complete tasks. Apathy may look like this:
Apathy is often misdiagnosed as depression. Unlike depression, apathy is generally not associated with sleep problems, sadness, a sense of hopelessness and impaired attention.
So, how can we support someone who is experiencing apathy:
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Wishing you all the best and always remember, don't be afraid to ask for help,
Brooke George, Occupational Therapist