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This is going to be hard, especially if it really is dementia. The lashing out and aggressiveness are then likely symptoms of it, and if they have been going on for a couple of years already, this might mean your friend is already gone. A relative of mine has dementia, and there's nothing left. You can pretend to be the nicest person in the world, all you'll ...


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I married a good friend of mine. The simplest answer I can give is: men are opaque about their feelings for you, except when they're not. It took me a while to realize that my wife was interested in me romantically. She dropped several hints but between being dense and not wanting to lose a valuable friend did not pick up on them. For us to take that next ...


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TL;DR: Without being honest with your friend about your wish to break contact, or just stop replying to their messages, you're not going to be able to 'stop your contact' abruptly. You say the contact is already slowing down, so letting 'nature run its course' may be the best option for you if you don't mind a longer-term approach. There are ways you could ...


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I like Criggie's answer but would like to propose a slightly different approach in such a case. Without the person throwing the party specifically inviting me first, I would first approach this person to confirm, and then only do what Criggie suggests and ask what I can bring. Something around the lines of: Hey! X told me I could join the party you're ...


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Ask the host what you should bring along This clearly carries the message that you will bring the item you will bring. And this clearly shows that you will be coming to bring the item you have offered to bring. Don't show up empty-handed. Ask the host "what do you need?" and bring that. Something token like a bag of chips/crisps, or if you cook ...


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