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Dear Carol: My mother is in her late 70s, and I accompany her to her doctor appointments. She is having subtle memory problems. She also loves sweets, which, since she is borderline diabetic, she shouldn’t have. However, she is so charming and seemingly sharp when we go to the doctor that she gets away with anything. I know she’s lying to the doctor, but I don’t want to contradict her, which she’ll resent. How do I get the doctor to know the truth?  Marge

Dear Marge: Unlike taking a child to a doctor appointment, when you accompany an adult you can’t just answer the questions yourself.

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