Harder to do regular tasks when you’re out
Dementia and other memory problems may cause a person to feel overwhelmed by the number of choices on the menu. They might not know what they are or what they want to order.
Tip: If you notice someone having trouble in a restaurant, you could start a conversation. Ask them what they like or make a suggestion. This could help them without making them feel embarrassed.
Trouble planning or solving problems
Memory problems can affect a person’s ability to use money. Some examples are paying the cashier with the cash they are carrying or using a card machine. This can affect their sense of independence.
Tip: If you know someone struggling with this challenge, you can offer to help with the process of paying.
Pulling away from work or time with friends and family
Things like music and conversations when going out can become overwhelming for people with memory problems. This may make them not want to go out or visit friends.
Tip: You could go with the person and offer comfort or engage in conversation. If it continues, you can suggest a quieter place. You can also ask for the music to be turned down. Explaining the situation to others may help others understand and increase awareness.