Considering End of Life Planning as a Way to Reduce Dementia Worry
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“Dementia worry” is a term that describes the fear of developing dementia, with or without the presence of symptoms. The fear can include anticipation of declining cognitively, losing one’s sense of self, or becoming a burden to loved ones who will care for the individual as he or she declines. If becoming a burden to others and decreased sense of control contribute to dementia worry, then lowering the sense of burden and increasing perception of control may lower dementia worry. The present study examined whether consideration of end of life planning would reduce perceived burden and increase ...