Identity and Self-Esteem

  • Richard ChestonEmail author
  • Gary Christopher


One of the ways that dementia has an impact on a person is by compromising their ability to perform even relatively basic activities such as remembering names or managing a sequence of tasks. Some people cope with the embarrassment that might otherwise result from having these failings exposed by withdrawing from social activities such as going shopping or meeting friends. While this might help the person living with dementia to hold onto their self-esteem, it can also result in their becoming isolated and depressed. Similarly, other attempts to maintain a sense of self and identity can also lead to conflict and tension with those who are caring for them. For instance, the person living with dementia may try to insist that they have not changed and that there is nothing wrong with them. Many carers develop a fine-grained ability to protect the person from the psychological consequences of their mistakes, including, at times, accepting the blame when things go wrong even if this is unjustified.


Dementia Alzheimer’s disease Self-esteem Identity Positioning Self 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health and Social SciencesUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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