Along with short-term memory loss is the onset of confusion. A person entering early-stage dementia may be unable to recognize people he or she has known for a lifetime. This may also manifest into difficulty in communication because the individual no longer remembers his or her vocabulary.
At this point, individuals often lose their freedom because they can no longer remember how to drive safely or how to get to and from their destination. This can lead to frustration and emotional distress, and is best dealt with by using compassion and gentleness towards your loved ones suffering from this illness.