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Angry matheus-ferrero-ex563-YUpdY-unsplashDear Carol: My mom moved into memory care a couple of years ago but per her wishes, we kept her condominium. Now, her dementia is more advanced, and the cost of her care is forcing us to sell her property. We’ve brought her the personal items she wanted, and she seems content with that. She no longer asks about her property. The problem lies in a disagreement between my brother and me. Do we tell Mom we’re selling the condominium? I say yes because it’s the honest, respectful thing to do, but my brother says no because he thinks that it would upset Mom for no reason. Not telling her seems to be a form of lying. Who’s right? - CH

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