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Sparing a Loved One With Dementia Unnecessary Grief

Dear Carol: My mother has mid-stage dementia and just recently started asking to see her deceased twin brother. It breaks my heart to tell her that Uncle Jim died of cancer ten years ago. When I remind her of this, she at first screams at me saying that I’m lying and she saw him yesterday, then she collapses in grief asking if he’s really gone. She wants to know what happened just like it was a recent occurrence. I don’t know what to do anymore. My friends say that this phase will pass, but how do we get through it? Sharon

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You're right, Mike. You may be interested in more on validation. If so, this article is one where I addressed it in more detail:

Take care,

Isn't it also true that telling "fiblets" can help avoid the need for medications? To me,if true, this is a huge reason to use this technique.

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