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Communicating with someone who has dementia can be an ever-changing challenge. But some things never change. One of those constants is that caregivers and friends must fully understand and accept that the person with dementia is not a child any sense of the word. Dementia may have robbed our friends or loved ones of their ability to understand their own environment, follow a sequence of directions or even understand how to use the toilet. These issues do not in any way make these people less than adults and they should never be treated as such.

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You're right, Saul. It's horribly sad. I'm sure you learned a lot from your aunt's experience. We hope that it won't be too long before some way to treat dementia of all types is found.

It is a skill that, sadly, not every care giver has. I sincerely respect those who care for loved ones and strangers who suffer from dementia, especially when they have to watch the degradation as it happens. I remember an aunt of mine that would use the toilet and not know what to do after. She would be embarrassed and cover it with what ever she could find: napkins, playing cards, a t shirt. Very hard to see.

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