Question :
My grandmother has been diagnosed with dementia and is imagining things that are not there (i.e., kids playing outside in the yard and she wants to make them a snack). My parents don't know whether or not they should go along with her imaginations or tell her they are not real?! They aren't sure which would be the most harmful to her and she is also easily aggitated?
Answer :
They should go along with her. To her, these delusions are very real. Just simply acknowledge the fact and then turn the conversation to something else. For example, if she says there are kids playing in the yard ask her what they are playing and does she like watching them. This will open up a pleasant conversation (hopefully) and from there you can direct it away. Possibly asking her about what games she used to play as a child.

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