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The truth, as they see it, is still the truth in their eyes. Delusions, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, and depression are all part of the gradual progression of psychosis in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). An average of 41% of these patients will experience these psychotic symptoms. One of the most common delusions these patients have is theft-related. An experienced caregiver offers her advice on how to deal with accusations of theft, which are common in dementia patients.

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