Alzheimer’s caregiving: The Art of Lying

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Dad, me (unpaid caregiver) and Jenny (paid caregiver) 2006
Dad, me (unpaid caregiver) and Jenny (paid caregiver) 2006

Alzheimer’s Australia | Therapies and communication approaches. Caregivers have it hard enough without having to crawl through the maze of ethical versus practical when it comes to communication.

The above article provides a clear perspective of the challenges inherent with taking care of someone whose reality doesn’t come close to matching that of the caregiver.

Whether you are an unpaid caregiver – someone who cares for a friend or a loved one – or a paid caregiver providing services for which payment is received, you need to embrace the art of lying for your benefit, and that of the person for whom you provide care.

I feel so strongly about this matter, that over the years I’ve written several articles proposing one engage in the fine art of half truths, omitted truths, and out and out lying to save the day.

Here are two articles I think you will find of interest, articles that might just infuse you with the strength to take the low road from time to time:

Honesty is NOT always the best policy;    and

Caregivers: learning from our mistakes.

2 thoughts on “Alzheimer’s caregiving: The Art of Lying

    boomer98053 responded:
    September 5, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    For sure, “winging it” in these situations is very much needed and accepted.


    Jill Weatherholt said:
    September 5, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing these articles, Irene. I agree, at times, not being truthful, is the easiest way to handle situations.


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