The beginning stages of my Mothers Dementia was demonstrated in her inability to communicate with us.
She became literally ‘lost for words’.
She would begin a sentence, but couldn’t finish it.
She would “ummm” and “ahhhh” trying to find the right words to say.
She quickly became frustrated.
Unfortunately for us, not understanding she was suffering from Dementia we tried to translate for her, anticipating what we thought she wanted to say.
That frustrated her even more, and she became angry more often.
Her reaction was misconstrued as being ungrateful for our help, so we lost patience with her.
At times it became easier not to talk to her at all.