• “This must be difficult for you. We’ll get through it together.”

  • “Isn’t it wonderful that we have each other and that I can help out!”

  • “Dad, I’m sorry you are upset. Your doctor told you that you have some memory loss. Here is your wallet.”

  • “Mom, I understand that you’re frustrated that you can’t find your favorite earrings. It’s upsetting when you think you’ve lost a treasured possession. Let’s go look for them together.”

  • “Dad, I know you’re frustrated with me. Let me show you that your shoes are in the bedroom.”

  • “Mom, I know the ringing phone makes you nervous. I’ve asked the pharmacy to call my number instead of yours. I will take care of everything.”