Is it typical for Alzheimer's patients to make up stories?

Ky. girl asked...

Will people with alzheimer's, mid stage, tell stories or make statment that you have never heard and they not be true? Will they tell a lie & think it is a true statment?..Thank you

Expert Answer

Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

People with Alzheimer's disease may develop delusions (false beliefs held with absolute conviction despite superior evidence) and hallucinations (perceptions in a conscious and awake state in the absence of external stimuli which have qualities of real perception). These symptoms may cause them to tell stories that may not be true. However, they do not realize that and the stories cannot be considered lying because the people with Alzheimer's disease are not aware that the stories are based on their delusions or hallucinations.