Many people become very emotional when they learn that they have dementia. The daily struggles of living with dementia can also trigger strong feelings.
People with dementia often experience:
The family and friends of people with dementia often have similar emotions, including denial, anger, frustration, resentment, sadness, anxiety and guilt.
These emotions can feel overwhelming, especially for those who regularly help and care for people with dementia. Taking even a little time "off" to do favorite activities can help these people stay healthy and avoid burning out.
Those close to people with dementia often feel good about helping the person. They may find meaning and pleasure in spending time with them, and learn new things about themselves.