Many of us spend more time at work than we do anywhere else. You might notice early signs of dementia in people you work with.
Click on the blue circle with the star to learn about where you might see early signs of dementia in this space.
Harder to do familiar tasks
It may become hard for a person with dementia or memory problems to use a phone. Although you can use dementia-friendly apps, mobile phones can be confusing.
Tip: If possible, try using a phone that has larger numbers on the keypad. Consider labeling a speed dial button with the person’s important contact (such as their son or daughter).
Noise level can be distracting for someone living with dementia
For a person living with dementia or memory problems, the noise level at the workplace may be distracting. It may make it hard to focus and complete tasks.
Tip: If you notice a coworker facing these kinds of challenges, you can speak with them in private to offer your support. You can also let other coworkers know to be mindful when gathering near the person with dementia.
More slips in judgement or acting fast without thinking
The internet has a lot of great information. But people with memory problems may be more likely to believe internet scams. They may not have good judgment and may act without thinking first.
Tip: If you are worried that a person you know may fall for one of these scams, you can set up computer controls or block pop ups.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Many people use reminders. You may see a person with memory problems or dementia being frustrated for missing appointments even if they had a reminder.
Tip: Be aware of the person’s struggles and offer your support. Stopping by the person’s desk on the way to a meeting to pick them up and go together is a great way to help!
Potentially harsh environment
A person with dementia may be more sensitive to light. The lighting in office spaces tends to be very bright. This could make it difficult for people with dementia or memory problems to feel comfortable.
Tip: Work with the individual to explore the options for different lighting.