False Memories and Compassionate Misinformation

After yesterday’s writing about Mom remembering the feeling of something either traumatic or joyfully heart-felt, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention what I learned about this aspect of dementia from the Support Group and the Alzheimer’s classes I attend. Both have taught me that this disease can cause our loved ones to experience (bring on) false ideas and memories, and even in some cases, periods of suspicion, aggression, anger, hostility, mistrust and even assault.