I am caring for my husband, who has dementia. Lately I’ve noticed I often forget where I left my glasses or car keys. Am I getting dementia too? -Karen V.

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.  Don’t jump to conclusions. Cut yourself some slack and chalk it up to a “brain lapse.” Use it as a reminder to manage your stress level. If it persists or worsens, don’t hesitate to see your doctor and get a professional opinion.

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My mom and dad have always loved to go to dinner. Recently, as my father’s dementia has progressed, mom feels more uncomfortable bringing dad out in public. I went with them to dinner this week for the first time in a few months and I definitely noticed a change. His table manners and lack of social graces definitely attract attention now. I want to tell my mom to not worry about it and continue taking dad out as long as it’s safe, but I’m not sure she’s comfortable doing that anymore. Could you suggest anything that could help mom manage these trips out to dinner? -Debbi S.

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