Dementia and the loss of a spouse are sad and challenging enough on their own, but when they coincide, the result can be truly heartbreaking. For many adult children, deciding whether to inform a cognitively impaired parent that their spouse has died is a serious and often recurring struggle. For someone who has not experienced such a dilemma, this would appear to be a no-brainer. However, as with many dementia-related quandaries, the question and answer are far more complex for those facing this reality.
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