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Dementia diagnosis and white lies: a necessary evil for carers of dementia patients?

I am the daughter and one of the main carers for my 90-year-old mother. My mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2015. In this article, I reflect on dealing with my mother's progressive disability, with a focus on one experience. I explain why I believe withholding the truth is sometimes an acceptable, or even a preferable, course of action. The article illustrates how differing advice and lack of guidance about dementia diagnosis and 'truth-telling' play out in practice.

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Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Opinion
Publisher
Policy press
ISBN/ISSN
2397-883X
Publication Year
2018
Issue Number
1
Journal Titles
International Journal of Care and Caring
Volume Number
2
Start Page
133
End Page
137