What is the best way to tell someone they may have dementia according to the signs?
It depends on the person and your relationship with them. People with dementia can remember certain things clearly, and telling them that they are no longer the same as they used to be might add more frustration and stress to what they already sense because they’ll know you’ve noticed.
Weigh your options when making this decision, and use a gentle tone of voice. Also, be very aware of your body language. It also depends on how far along the disease is. If you’re talking about a person who becomes confused and disoriented repeatedly throughout the day, telling them, “trust me, you’re acting like this because you have dementia!” will be a huge mistake. Play along with whatever role they need you to be at the time. It helps them in the long run and keeps them relaxed and de-stressed.