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How do you deal with a senior parent who may be suffering from dementia and insists people from her past (who have long passed away) are still around.?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Lionel Lim
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Don't argue
Arguing with patients with dementia can be frustrating for both caregivers and patients themselves.
It is better to go along with the story, and redirect whenever possible. You could end up agitating the patient and making the situation worse. Remember, it's the disease that is doing this to your parent, and not them!

In brief: Don't argue
Arguing with patients with dementia can be frustrating for both caregivers and patients themselves.
It is better to go along with the story, and redirect whenever possible. You could end up agitating the patient and making the situation worse. Remember, it's the disease that is doing this to your parent, and not them!
Dr. Lionel Lim
Dr. Lionel Lim
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Dr. David Murdock
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Redirect them
If a person with dementia is at this stage, simple redirection (not arguing) will usually relieve their distress.
They will not likely remember these notions in a few short minutes. It is important to note that this is usually not psychosis (unless accompanied by auditory or visual hallucinations), rather, impaired memory processing.

In brief: Redirect them
If a person with dementia is at this stage, simple redirection (not arguing) will usually relieve their distress.
They will not likely remember these notions in a few short minutes. It is important to note that this is usually not psychosis (unless accompanied by auditory or visual hallucinations), rather, impaired memory processing.
Dr. David Murdock
Dr. David Murdock
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
2 doctors agree
In brief: What is the problem?
The problem is not access to accurate information, so providing accurate information doesn't help and may cause more problems.
Respond to the person's emotions then try to change the topic or get busy with a different topic.

In brief: What is the problem?
The problem is not access to accurate information, so providing accurate information doesn't help and may cause more problems.
Respond to the person's emotions then try to change the topic or get busy with a different topic.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice
In brief: Mindfulness
There are many books on mindfulness that will hopefully help you deal with the stress.

In brief: Mindfulness
There are many books on mindfulness that will hopefully help you deal with the stress.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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