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Caregiver_cropped_hands_2Dear Carol: I’m trying to determine whether or not it’s wise to take my mom out to public events or even to family gatherings. She has middle stage dementia. When I took her to her grandson’s program last Christmas she became upset and agitated, yet when I recently took her to a music event in the park she enjoyed it. Now, we’re looking at this same grandson’s high school graduation. I hate to have Mom miss the event as well as the celebration afterward but I don’t want to upset her or embarrass her grandson. How does a person decide what kind of event is appropriate? Evelyn

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