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Therapeutic lying

In the community of carers, professionals and academics working with people with dementia there is an on-going debate about truth-telling and ‘therapeutic lying’.

Globally there is no agreement on this issue and there is no agreed standard of the acceptability of lying to someone with dementia. It has always been the case that a certain amount of deception happens in caring for someone with dementia but often this is motivated by reducing truth-related distress. Perhaps the question shouldn’t be ‘is it acceptable for a caregiver to lie?’ but rather ‘what is the person really asking for, what are they trying to express?’ (McGreevy, 2015)

Please read Therapeutic lying in dementia and share your thoughts and experiences with your fellow learners in the Comments.

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Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour

University of Birmingham

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