Behind the Headlines
The dilemma of deception
When a loved one has dementia, can it be an act of kindness to tell them a lie? Barton Bernstein, a caregiver for his wife and an emeritus history professor at Stanford University, talks about the ethics of what some call "compassionate deception." Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong and Linda Taaffe join him for the discussion.
February 1, 2019
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