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My mom is scared of mirrors - is this a dementia symptom?

Mom gets scared everytime she sees herself in a mirror and I have a hard time calming her down afterwards. I've put a towel over the bathroom mirror but we can't avoid them when we leave the house.
Status: Open    Sep 04, 2014 - 10:20 PM

Dementia, Caregiving

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Feb 02, 2016 - 08:47 AM

As Alzheimer's progresses, people forget names, places, family members and even their own image and may be frightened by the person they see in the mirror, I had a student in an Alzheimer's class recount an experience with her own mother, who had forgotten what she looked like. Upon seeing herself in the mirror one morning her mother stated, 'my, isn't that a beautiful woman'!
If you cannot avoid a mirror, perhaps stand beside her and try to redirect her to look at you. Make funny faces, comment how beautiful the two of you are or just give her a big smile. Hug her and let her see the two of you together, hugging in the reflection. Perhaps making it a touching moment, or a funny one, will help.


Dec 07, 2014 - 08:46 PM

Yes, I think so. My Mom looked at the mirrors and she didn't know who is that lady in the mirrors and talking to her!!!About 2 yrs later she started lost her mind....3 years later she doesn't known who am I!!!
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