Occasionally people express their fears about communicating with a person living with dementia. “What will we talk about? I don’t know what to say.”
My advice is to relax and join them in real time – their time, their reality. With no attempt to “bring them back” to your reality.
Then I heard about the value of improv for which the cardinal rule is “yes and…” not “No but.
Here is a link to hear more. http://www.npr.org/2011/08/15/139585522/improv-for-alzheimer-s-a-sense-of-accomplishment