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Question:

A resident who has troubles with their memory, requires a nursing assistant who will:

A Make eye contact, sit with them and listen.
Explaination

A resident who has troubles with their memory may feel worse if they are reminded of their forgetfulness.  Joking and laughing may often result in embarrassment and could show disrespect towards the resident.  Difficulties with memory may demand more of your time when dealing with your resident, so time spent actively listening and showing care is definitely the best answer in this case.