IDK how many asks you get but I hope you can reply in time. Tomorrow I’m going to go interview to be a general aide at a senior housing facility that specializes in dementia patients. I’ve literally never interacted with anyone with dementia in my life. I feel up to the task, but I’m wondering if there’s any tips or quirks or w/e you’d be willing to throw my way.

I have about a million tips, but my first one is to not say “dementia patients,” but rather, “people with dementia” or “people living with dementia.” Working in dementia care is both a learned skill and, honestly, kind of an inborn kind-of-thing. You really need to have a love for the work, because it will crush your energy if you don’t. My best advice is to show the interviewer you’re ready to learn, work hard, and you can even name-drop that you’re planning on reading my book 🙂

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