Hi,can you advise please.my dad was diagnosed several years ago with dementia.Every time I visit he talks of the past and tells the same stories over and over which is understandable.however he had a difficult childhood and talks about this too.dad seems upset recalling these memories and i find this upsetting and tend to steer the conversation away but it always goes back to this. I really wish he only had happy memories to recall. I can get him to think how things changed for the better but he seems to want to talk about these painful memories. My question is this,should I be steering the conversation away from the painful memories or should I let him talk about them freely. Thanks for any advice.