I recently started volunteering at an assisted living community. They matched me up with someone they felt needed some extra time for interaction and told me he/she had beginning stages of dementia. I have been trying to hold conversations with this person but they seem to be having a hard time following conversation and will tell me the same story 3 or 4 times all with different details. I understand this is part of the disease but I'm worried, I may end up upsetting this person. How do I talk with someone with dementia? The staff told me to talk about past events she would know well but the individual cannot seem to express anything without changing huge parts of the story.
The staff provided me with some tips but seem to be really preoccupied with their daily tasks. I want to keep volunteering but I dont want to harm anyone.
Where can I get some good information how to talk with people with dementia? I dont have much background on the person and cannot tell what really happened over what did not. Or is that even important at this point?