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Old 12-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #20
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Re: My 87-year-old dad has recently been diagnosed with vascular dementia.

Originally Posted by Annieland View Post
They will sound like they make sense, and it will trick you!!!

I don't know if it is the part of their brain that still works just well enough to string coherent thoughts throughout the mess, or OUR brains that automatically fill in rationalizations for irrational thoughts, but I swear, she continues to trick me to this day, and I understand her behavior and disease better than anyone, doctors and caregivers included.

It sounds mean, but sometimes I still have to remind myself that it's just a trick, you can't listen to her. They will convince us of anything because we love them and want to make them happy. We fall to jelly. It's Jedi mind tricks.

Annie, do you mind elaborating more on what you meant? Maybe an example? I think I get you, but I want to be sure. Thanks!