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Digression--I might well be displaying some of the early signs: today, while lost in a (business) cellphone discussion in the parking lot, I opened the wrong car door, taking the seated driver by surprise. Apologizing profusely, I told him that I was distracted and imagined it was my car. Thank goodness he didn't have a gun.
For now I am on the good side of the dementia divide, and visit sufferers with more empathy than I had in my impatient youth. Here are 3 traps when talking to someone with dementia:
If you’re a stickler for accuracy, it’s tempting to correct someone who misspeaks.Don't correct, interrupt, or be offended, which are fundamentally manifestations of pride. You're not there for you.
If you’re impatient, it’s easy to interrupt and steer the dialogue in the direction you deem most important.
If you’re offended by what you hear, it’s understandable if you take it personally and express disapproval.