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MINDY KIM-MILLER, MD, PhD
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My mother is 85 years old and has dementia. She keeps asking me to take her to the house where she grew up. The house has been torn down, but she believes that the house has been rebuilt just for her. What am I am to say when she brings the house up? How do I have a conversation about the house without frustrating her?
–Yours in Caregiving, VP
Your situation with your mother, who wants to go home, is a tough but common one. People with Alzheimer’s disease often want to return to the home of their childhood. The strategies for dealing with this situation depend on the person’s stage and remaining abilities. I’ll present some general strategies for dealing with the challenging situation of a person wanting to go home. You will have to judge which strategies might work for your mother based on her history and stage of disease.
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