Last month, DailyCaring.com had a great article by Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh about how the emotions of a person with dementia (whether positive or negative emotions) can remain with the individual long after the situation or event that caused the emotion to occur. For example, if you startle a person with dementia by coming up from behind them or speaking too loudly, that person may remain agitated for the whole afternoon. Out initial interactions with people with dementia, therefore, are critical.
Below is a link to the full article. We encourage you to take a look, and pay special attention to the tips she gives for smart ways to begin an interaction with someone who has dementia:
Have a great week!