Michelle has written a beautiful piece on ‘ways to be’ with a person with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Read and heed, and remember that it’s a person in there, a person you know and love. Every day, you can bring and share memories of good experiences that bring you happiness, which will heighten the joy factor overall. If you don’t see or recognize that the person with dementia is happier, at least you brought your own joy (BYOJ), and can raise your appreciation for the person who is, in fact, doing their best to get through every day. Give him or her some mile markers, some guideposts, some great stories of their lives, the ones that make you laugh together, or feel awe for this person in front of you.