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Question: My mother has Alzheimer's disease. Should I tell her?

Answer: It depends.

February 2006 saw members of Washington University in St. Louis’ Alzheimer’s disease Internet Forum engaged in a brisk email exchange, the title of which was “Yet again: to tell or not to tell.

The topic was disclosing – or not disclosing – a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease to a person with the disease. The stories and views the members exchanged illustrate how diagnostic disclosure is among the ethically and clinically challenging issues in the care of person’s with Alzheimer’s.

Want to read more...click here to download a .pdf file and read more of the article by Dr. Jason Karlawish “On telling someone he or she has Alzheimer's disease”

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