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Alzheimer's: Theft, Paranoia or Forgetfulness?

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"She took my sweater!" Victoria says. "I saw her. She stole it! That woman took the sweater my mother made for me!"

But did someone actually steal Victoria's sweater, or is dementia stealing her mind? Victoria, the lady ranting about her sweater, was sitting in her wheelchair. I had offered to take her down to the nursing home's main dining room on my way to sit with my mother-in-law. I was familiar with Victoria, a resident at my mother-in-law's facility. Once she was finished eating, she would order me (or anyone nearby) to take her out of the dining room and place her in a certain spot in the sitting room. This spot was an exact number of inches away from the end table. This positioning was vitally important to her and she liked me since I knew precisely where that spot was.

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