When you go out to a restaurant or other social settings, you might notice your loved one has early signs of dementia.
Click on the blue circle with the star to learn about where you might see early signs of dementia in this space.
Trouble planning or solving problems
Watch out for people who are having challenges paying the cashier with their credit card or with cash. Changes in memory can affect a person’s ability to pay a cashier or use money.
Tip: If you see someone having this challenge, show patience and compassion.
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.
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 the choices 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.