"Constantly I am saying, 'What's that? Who? Where?...' and on and on. Things have to be repeated to me over and over. Most times my brain cannot analyze what is going on at any given time."
Rick Phelps, a brave gentleman with early-onset dementia wrote this. He hopes to give caregivers a glimpse into his world to give them a better understanding of the disease. Thanks for sharing your insight, Rick.
New memories do not stick for individuals with dementia. They 'drain' away, as the brain area for storing new memories becomes damaged. And thought processes are interrupted, as the message 'train' that transports the messages, derails.
Learning a bit more about why a person cannot remember or figure things out, can help with understanding how to help. One way that can help is reminiscing.