People with dementia experience changes in how they perceive things. This includes misperceptions and misidentifications, hallucinations, delusions and time-shifting. A person with dementia may mistake objects or people for things they are not.
Misperceptions and misidentifications can be caused by problem with a person’s eyes, or by problems with the brain. The person who is time-shifted may seem to experience a different reality, they may not recognise friends and family. They may also not recognise themselves in the mirror.
Professor Andrea Tales and Dr Gary Christopher will describe what science understands about the changes in perception and provide an insight into what we can all do to help those living with dementia.