Like other people, people with dementia need social interactions. However, people with dementia and their companions sometimes feel uncomfortable going to restaurants, stores or other public places.
Public interactions can be more positive if the person with dementia:
Companions can help staff and others in public places communicate with people with dementia by:
Dementia advocacy and support groups can offer advice for public outings. Some groups have business cards, which can be shared quickly to explain that someone has dementia and may behave differently. In some communities, there are "dementia friendly" efforts that help businesses and organizations better serve people with dementia.