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Tired of Fighting With Mom

Dear Carol:  My mom has middle stage Alzheimer’s and I find that I often treat her like a misbehaving child. That’s not my intention. I respect her as my mother. But I have to say “no” to her when she insists she can drive the car and when she wants to buy expensive things she sees on TV ads or in catalogues. We even argue about what she wears. She says I’m bossy. I seem to be doing something wrong. How do people cope with this? -  Ginny

Dear Ginny: I admire your awareness that even though you must monitor your mom’s behavior, she is still your parent. That awareness tells me that you will do your best to honor your mom’s place in your life even with the challenges presented by her dementia.

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