The Comforting Fictions of Caring for People with Dementia

The Comforting Fictions of Caring for People with Dementia
by Larissa MacFarquhar | New Yorker |
#165 | #culture

Let’s say you’re taking care of a woman with dementia. She believes her late husband is still alive. Do you tell her the truth, over and over again, which causes pain and suffering? Or do you tell her he’s still at work or in a different room? The trend in memory care is to give patients “comforting fictions.” As usual, Larissa MacFarquhar (#107) is spectacular in this piece, which brings up many ethical issues. Like: Is it OK to lie to your patient? Is who we are what we remember? (54 min)

+ More on dementia: #9#21#40#108#120.