Do I tell them the truth?   

If you have an aging parent or other loved one with Dementia it can hard to know what to say. What do you say when they ask where their mom is who died 20 years ago or ask the same questions over and over? What do you talk about when they can’t really carry on a conversation? How do you handle it when they’re in the early stages and don’t think anything is wrong and might get irritated and angry?

It can be especially challenging when you feel unprepared. Kim and Mike Barnes of Parenting Aging Parents talk with Speech Therapist Carolyn Rector. She’s worked with older adults for more than a decade in skilled nursing communities.

In their conversation they discuss answers to the questions above, as well as when therapeutic fibbing is appropriate, why you don’t want to correct them and what you never want to say.