Navigating unchartered waters is difficult. Don't go it alone. Seek out support from family, friends, and other caregivers like yourself. Caregiver support groups are invaluable for providing new ways to cope and a forum for sharing your emotions without feeling guilt.
People with dementia often pickup on body language and tone of voice more than on what's actually being said. So speak slowly, with a relaxed tone & smile. It can make a BIG difference.
This video clip is from "There is a Bridge: Alzheimer's Disease is not the end. Sometimes It Can be a Beginning" produced by Memory Bridge, the Foundation for Alzheimer's and Cultural Memory.