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Is it Okay for Caregivers to Tell Little White Lies to an Alzheimer's Patient?

Some alternatives to lying: Changing the subject and Acknowledge your loved one's emotion

If you feel strongly about telling little white lies, you might want to try these strategies:

  • Change the subject. Redirect to a new topic and ignore the questions.
  • Listen for the emotion that is causing the patient to ask a question. Acknowledge the feelings that lie behind the questions. For example, if the patient is angry or stressed, acknowledge these feelings. Ask them what is wrong and talk to them calmly.