When Its my turn at Mom's and I greet her with with "Hi Mom, how are you today?", I either get NO reply or "you KNOW how I am so quit asking."
She's always been difficult and this has gone on and off for many years and has just gotten ridiculously worse since the dementia has been recognized. She's mad at the world more often than not and just will to engage. I get "will you just leave me alone and quit bugging me" a lot.
How have others coped with this? Sometimes I'll just sit and read or use my tablet. That just seems to make her angrier. She's in a 1 bedroom apartment so theirs really nowhere to retreat to and someone is there pretty much 24/7 to ensure her safety.
How else do you greet someone when they clearly do not want to engage? Welcome any and all suggestions.