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Dear Carol: My dad, 79, was getting confused about normal things around his house, so when COVID began in March, we convinced him to move in with us. We gave him a bedroom/bathroom suite and it worked fine for a time, but his cognition is deteriorating badly. His doctor diagnosed him with Alzheimer’s, and he’s had some medications, but they haven’t helped. I’ve told Dad that with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he’ll need help with finances and that we should move his bank accounts online, but he says he doesn’t have Alzheimer’s and he doesn’t need help and doesn’t want that “computer stuff.” Then he threatens to move out to “show us.” Should we keep telling him he has Alzheimer’s, or should we just pretend that he’s fine and wait for a disaster? – TG

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