Confusion and anger are common emotions expressed by someone with Alzheimer’s when you try to explain that someone is deceased.

  • Do not argue with them. One suggestion is to simply “go” with the delusion. You may even dial the phone and tell them that the deceased person isn’t home right now.

  • Try talking to them about what they love about the person they don’t understand is no longer living.

  • Don’t try to “straighten them out.” Go with what is upsetting them, try to provide some comfort and stay calm. Distract them when possible.