Do you have a loved one in the early stages of dementia?
My father used to volunteer for an Alzheimer's and Other Related Diseases support group. He did this because my mother developed early onset Alzheimer's Disease, and my father attended a support group first as a caregiver and, then, as a teacher. I found among some of his papers a page of advice generated by a group of people who were in the early stages of Alzheimer's and similar diseases of dementia.
The document says:
1) Acknowledge my disease.
2) Don't pretend that nothing is wrong.
3) Don't treat me as if I am a child.
4) Learn about this disease.
5) Take me seriously.
6) Take time to listen.
7) Don't stare at me strangely.
8) Give me some space.
9) Let me continue to do the things that I can still do.
10) Understand that when I can no longer do things I used to do, it is not easy for me to deal with that, and I may become upset or frustrated.
11) Give me some time to do things.