Denial is an unconscious defense mechanism often exhibited in the elderly it can be difficult for the caregiver to deal with a Care recipient (cr) in denial because he often will not acknowledge a health care decision

Try: Try to ask open-ended questions giving the cr time to respond often he or she may not respond but still try to interact with the cr offer

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Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Communication, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical

Information: To the cr on his or her condition remind the cr that it is only information and that he or she will ultimately make any decisions remind the cr that his or her medical condition was diagnosed by one or more physicians also remind the cr that the treatment is for his or her benefit if posible get the family members involved in helping with the cr cr’s denial issue try to remain patient with the cr often individuals in denial will show frustration and even anger this can be focused at anyone especially a caregiver information

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Keywords: Denial mental emotional

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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