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WOMAN'S WEEKLY|March 23, 2021
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Q My mother’s 85 and has started to be dishonest. She’s been a stickler for the truth all her life and has now started telling stories, such as she baked a cake when it’s clearly shop-bought. My sister challenged her and she was adamant that she’d cooked it and became quite upset. I’m wondering if there might be another problem. Yvonne, Bournemouth

A It’s hard for people as they age to accept that there are things that they can no longer do as well as they did, and they want to hide this from themselves and others. Your mother probably feels a bit ashamed and therefore wants to pretend.

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