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Q: How do you talk to a parent with dementia?

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Mood swings are a distressing symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. The illness can make people angry and argumentative. If your mother seems irritated, acknowledge her frustration, and don’t try to correct her if she has facts wrong. Be understanding, make sure she is comfortable, and see if you can redirect her attention.

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