Will I get it too?
Dementia is not like other illnesses such as chicken pox or a cold, you cannot catch it from someone. Just because a family member of close friend has dementia it does not always mean that you will get it too.
Will the person forget me?
Sometimes people living with dementia have difficulty recalling names and as we grow our faces change so they may struggle to recognise you. However the way the person feels about you will stay with them for much longer and often a voice is easier to recognise. So if you are worried the person does not know who you are, try talking to them about memories you have shared and how you both felt at the time.
Do people with dementia get angry?
Living with dementia may mean that the person is concentrating a lot harder to do things that come easily to others and so can make them feel very tired or frustrated, a bit like how you may feel if you are struggling with school work you don’t understand. Feeling tired and frustrated may make the person more short tempered and angry.
Sometimes the person may feel anxious or afraid as they are struggling to understand what is happening around them.
Try to speak calmly to the person, tell them who you are and again share past memories and feelings with them. Try to remember it is not you they are angry with but the difficulties they are having. If you feel worried then always seek help from an adult.
Courtesy of Dementia UK.