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Minding our Elders: Helping elders socialize when stress overwhelms them

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DEAR CAROL: My mother doesn’t like going out of the house. She’s got mid-stage dementia, so I think that the typical fear and confusion from the disease are the cause of the problem. I try to take her out for lunch or for church occasions that she would have enjoyed in the past, but now she becomes anxious as soon as we arrive and wants to go home.

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