Dementia is often an insidious disease. Probably you have never had to deal with it before. Maybe you think that someone with dementia is ‘lost’ from one day to the next. But that is in most cases not. People with dementia often live at home for years and participate in society.
In the beginning of the disease, memory problems usually occur. Later, the person with dementia gets problems with thinking and language. He or she also has to deal with changes in their character and behavior.
As the disease gets worse, someone with dementia loses control over their own lives. He or she is becoming increasingly dependent on the help of others. Daily operations are becoming increasingly difficult.