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MindingOurElderswebsite50%It was not unlike any other day, but on this particular afternoon, Dad was adamant. He was waiting for his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and couldn’t understand why it was taking so long to arrive. So, I did what I usually did—waited a few days to see if this episode of delusional thinking would pass. It did not. So, I used my computer to create a facsimile of a medical degree with my father's name on it. I printed it out, scribbled some “signatures” on the bottom, put it in a mailing envelope and brought it to the nursing home the following day. He was delighted. I added it to the other awards and degrees already hanging on the wall of his room: a “degree” in entomology, his legitimate college degree...

Continue reading on Agingcare to learn more about the benefits of "playing along" with the reality of someone who lives with dementia:

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