Sharing … yes or no?

People who care for a loved one with dementia often have to make hard decisions.

One of those difficult choices is whether or not to inform your loved one with dementia that another loved one has passed away (whether that’s recently or sometime in the past).

I’ve seen videos posted where a family member tells their loved one with dementia that their spouse is dead (apparently had died some time ago) and you watched as this person with dementia goes through the grieving process all over again.  To me this is cruelty in the extreme!  Whenever I am faced with a dementia patient asking about someone who’s passed I say they’re out somewhere (work, school, running errands) and distract them from the topic.

There are times however, where telling a loved one with dementia the same news over and over is a really sweet thing to do.   This woman lets her mother know she’s going to be a grandma over and over again … the change in the loved one with dementia’s mood each time is wonderful and precious!  Watch this video and let me know if you agree!

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