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I, Am I?
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Do you know or have you spent time with someone who has dementia/alzheimers/sundowners? How did you find that person to be? Engaging? Lost? Scared?

My mother has dementia and she's beyond the point of help at this point, so she spends her time angry, scared, confused and upset. We do our best to keep her happy, I take her for drives, feed her, make sure she's clean, clothed and comfortable, and I do my best to keep her occupied. This doesn't change the fact that within the first ten minutes of starting anything she gets angry because she's scared and confused. It's a lot to deal with, it truly is.

How have you found interacting with anyone you've met with dementia?
My grandmother on my fathers side had dementia. I don't remember too much about it because I was a small boy when she passed, but I do have one very vivid memory of her thinking I was her first son who had passed away and my mum telling me just to go along with it.

Not sure if that was the right thing to do or not, but she seemed to get comfort from out interactions.
I've had that moment, as well. My mother sometimes thinks (and used to think quite frequently) that I was an old boyfriend of hers (eww). I had to sort of play along, it was uncomfortable, but she was happier on drives and things because to her she was out with someone she cared about.
It is sad to see a loved one go through this. It is not easy whatsoever for anyone involved. I am hoping my parents do not suffer with this. For my grandma being in her 80s, she is seeming ok thus far. I don't have to deal with her as much these days, and she generally cared for herself when she and my uncle did live here.
Agreed, I hope you don't have to worry about that, but being 80+ already is a good sign!
My Dad became demented as his Parkinsons Disease progressed. I found that playing music from his younger years made him happy.