Forgetfulness, or taking longer to remember something, are normal experiences as we get older. Stress can make it worse. If you are caring for someone with dementia, you might be more keenly aware of those lapses and quick to worry prematurely.
Minor memory loss and difficulty learning are common for first-stage Alzheimer's disease. You may also notice a loss of energy and spontaneity, as well as mood swings, confusion, trouble communicating, and difficulty organizing.
The inherent nature of men to keep challenges private (one-third of male caregivers do not tell their employers they are caregiving) and to resist reliance on friends and family for support (38% versus 47% in females), makes them more at risk for suffering in silence.
I think all families are going through some version of this dilemma this year, but it’s especially difficult for those who have elder family members in a nursing home or assisted living community. Dementia magnifies the uncertainty even more.