- Dec 2015
I don't see how dementia patients would have a positive outlook on a placebo because 1) They can't remember they are ON medication and they may not understand WHAT the meds are for 2) They can't control their emotions. 3) They live in an alternative reality. 4) They lose interest in most things/attention span of a child.The placebo effect can be huge for some things. I find it particularly interesting that your source is form Psychology Today. To go to a ludicrous extreme, do you think placebos would help a broken arm?
In the case of Alzheimer's, where there is mechanical brain damage, I can see having a positive outlook aided by the belief you are being treated because you don't know you are on a placebo might delay some aspects. And this positive outlook might improve your interaction with the world. But the deterioration is happening even if it's at a slower rate.
You are correct. This is mechanical brain damage. We can't assume that they have logic or the ability to make assessments or reason.