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Talking about and naming emotions can be beneficial to an Alzheimer’s patient. Label emotions by making comments like, “You look sad,” “This must be really frustrating for you,” or “You’re really feeling angry right now, aren’t you? You know, it’s OK to feel angry.” Acknowledging an emotion and giving it a label may encourage the person to discuss these feelings further, and don’t be afraid to share your feelings as well. Additionally, do not discourage the person from talking about difficult and emotional subjects such as death. Don’t reject or dismiss feelings with comments like, “Oh, you don’t need to worry about that” or “That’s not going to happen.”

(Source: Alzheimer’s Association)

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