Some family members have difficulty admitting that a loved one has dementia. This can create conflict in families and prevent a person with dementia from getting the assistance he or she needs. See a New York Times article discussing this problem.
Dementia is more than just "forgetfulness," as people commonly think. Memory problems are certainly a component of dementia, but communication, emotional, and behavior problems are often also present. Caregivers are often taken by surprise when their loved one suddenly has problems in one of these areas, especially if the only early symptoms were memory problems.
Follow the links below to learn about some of the most common symptoms and problems of dementia and to get some tips for caregivers for dealing with these issues: