Memory loss that disrupts daily life / harder to do familiar tasks
Making coffee is something people do every day that could get hard for people who struggle with memory problems or early dementia. They could forget to add water, coffee, or turn the coffee pot on or off.
Tip: Support them in these tasks by gently prompting them throughout the process.
Losing things and not being able to find them
A person with dementia or other memory problems may misplace things and not be able to retrace their steps to find them. They also might put things in places where they do not belong.
Tip: If this happens, do not to call attention to it or correct them afterwards. But, always be on the lookout for this to happen. This is another way to gently help the person by working together to put away groceries or dishes.
Getting confused with time or place
A person with memory problems or dementia may get confused working with numbers. For example, they may have trouble telling the time or understanding how time passes.
Tip: If you see this, offer gentle reminders of specific moments throughout the day, like breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Reminders can help provide order to their day and a clearer sense of time.
Harder to do daily tasks
A person with memory problems or dementia may have trouble with every day activities like forgetting to turn the stove off after cooking. The color and contrast of the stove can also make it hard for them to tell if it is on or off. This is where a person's memory problems could hurt themselves or others.
Tip: Place a note by the stove or on the doorframe leading out of the kitchen that says "Is the stove off?" – sticky notes are a great option!