Is it okay to lie to dementia patients?

Caring for a relative with dementia may mean entering their reality, rather than anchoring them to yours

A friend makes his mother identify old family photos, hoping to anchor her mind properly in space-time. Another spends $1,000 a month feeding her father supplements touted to restore brain function in people with Alzheimer's.

For my part, I've found that lots of hugs and little lies ease relationships with relatives living in dementia-altered reality.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 25, 2018, with the headline 'Is it okay to lie to dementia patients?'. Print Edition | Subscribe