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  1. Fear of Developing Dementia Kyle S. Page, MS, Bert Hayslip, Jr., PhD, Dee Wadsworth, MS

  2. Personal Concerns • Take a moment to reflect on what concerns you have about developing dementia.

  3. Cognitive Functioning & Dementia • Memory functioning • Language • Visuospatial • Attention / Concentration • Reasoning / Abstraction • Planning / Judgment • “Diagnosis of exclusion”

  4. Multidimensional Impact • Individual • Family • Social Networks • Societal $76.8 Billion

  5. Kessler et al. (2012) Dementia Worry • “Emotional response to the perceived threat of developing dementia” • Health Worry • Aging Anxiety • Concerns related to decline in health, physical functioning, well-being, etc.

  6. Kessler et al. (2012) Dementia Worry • Threat to Human Identity • Awareness • “Symbolic” Self • Shared Reality • Stigma? • Would you be treated differently?

  7. Cutler & Hodgson (1996) Anticipatory Dementia • Subjective concern of decline in memory functioning • Fear that this decline is the early stage of dementia (or sign of the future) • The role of family history

  8. Fear of Dementia • Personal Concerns • Most Endorsed Concerns: • Loss of Decision-Making Abilities • Loss of Relationships • Loss of Language/Communication Abilities • Decline in Physical/Mental/Emotional Health • Being a Burden

  9. Different Types of Fear • Fear of Becoming a Burden • “I will be an emotional burden to others” • Fear of the Impact on the Self • “I will no longer be able to remember by childhood” • Anticipatory Fears • “I have at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease”

  10. You Have the Fear, Now What? • Where do you go for information? • Where do you go for support? • What do you try to do?

  11. What this Means for You • Confrontation with Personal Aging • Importance of Communication/Planning • Importance of Supporting Others

  12. Contact Information • Kyle Page • kylepage@my.unt.edu • Bert Hayslip, Jr. • hayslipb@unt.edu