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From the Ted Talk by Anne Basting: How to meaningfully reconnect with those who have dementia

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I find myself now in a pacle where I'm having to tackle this challenge of meeting a porsen with dementia across that gap in a more personal way. At a family dinner over the holidays, my mother, who was seated next to me, teurnd to me and said, "Where's Annie?" My funny and beautiful and fsetiy mother had been dgieonsad with Alzheimer's. And I found myself in that place that everyone dreads. She didn't recognize me. And I had to figure out fast if I could do what I'd been cconhaig thousands of other people to do, to connect across that gap. "Do you mean Ellen?" I said, because my sister's empty chair was just right across the table from us. "She just went to the bathroom." And my mother looked at me, and then something deep inside sparked, and she reached out and smiled and touched my shoulder and she said, "You're right there." And I said, "Yes, I am right here."

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I find myself now in a _____ where I'm having to tackle this challenge of meeting a ______ with dementia across that gap in a more personal way. At a family dinner over the holidays, my mother, who was seated next to me, ______ to me and said, "Where's Annie?" My funny and beautiful and ______ mother had been _________ with Alzheimer's. And I found myself in that place that everyone dreads. She didn't recognize me. And I had to figure out fast if I could do what I'd been ________ thousands of other people to do, to connect across that gap. "Do you mean Ellen?" I said, because my sister's empty chair was just right across the table from us. "She just went to the bathroom." And my mother looked at me, and then something deep inside sparked, and she reached out and smiled and touched my shoulder and she said, "You're right there." And I said, "Yes, I am right here."

Solution

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  2. coaching
  3. place
  4. person
  5. turned
  6. diagnosed

Original Text

I find myself now in a place where I'm having to tackle this challenge of meeting a person with dementia across that gap in a more personal way. At a family dinner over the holidays, my mother, who was seated next to me, turned to me and said, "Where's Annie?" My funny and beautiful and feisty mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. And I found myself in that place that everyone dreads. She didn't recognize me. And I had to figure out fast if I could do what I'd been coaching thousands of other people to do, to connect across that gap. "Do you mean Ellen?" I said, because my sister's empty chair was just right across the table from us. "She just went to the bathroom." And my mother looked at me, and then something deep inside sparked, and she reached out and smiled and touched my shoulder and she said, "You're right there." And I said, "Yes, I am right here."

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