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, what they are, and 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. You would be helping without making them feel embarrassed.
Trouble planning or solving problems
Memory problems can affect a person's ability to use money, such as paying the cashier from the cash they are carrying. This can affect their sense of independence.
Tip: If you know someone struggling with this challenge, you could gently encourage them to use a credit card to overcome the problem. Or, if you can, offering to pay is a great way to help.
Pulling away from work or time with friends and family
The music and conversation involved with 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 persists, you can suggest a quieter place or ask to turn the music down. By explaining the situation, you may help to increase awareness and understanding.