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Dear Carol: Mom died two years ago, and while my dad had already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he seemed to accept her death because she had been in terrible pain from cancer. Recently, though, he’s started asking for her as if she’s still alive and it’s heartbreaking. When I remind him that she died, he grieves as if it’s new information. Later, he’ll ask for her again as though we never discussed it. It’s breaking my heart to see him keep repeating this new-to-him grief. I know that you’ve said before that people should not contradict someone with dementia. I get that under most circumstances and try not to, but how do you make that idea work with this? You might have said but nothing comes to mind. – EP

Continue reading on Inforum for more about how we can handle the situation of someone living with dementia who thinks that a deceased spouse is still alive:

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