Dementia makes it difficult for seniors to remember past events, future plans, speech, and responsibilities. However, the human brain is extremely complicated, so it’s possible for aging adults with dementia to remember something they’ve forgotten in the past. Memories for seniors with dementia tend to come and go over time. You can help your aging loved one remember important things more frequently by utilizing the following tips.
1. Write Down Reminders
In the early stages of dementia, seniors are still mostly capable of taking care of themselves, but they frequently misplace items and forget about appointments. An effective way of combating this memory issue is by keeping detailed lists and schedules. Make sure to write down all your loved one’s daily, weekly, and monthly tasks so he or she can check off items as they’re completed. New phone apps make it easy to set reminders and let seniors know they have something to do.
A trained dementia caregiver can also remind your loved one to complete important daily tasks, such as taking medications. The type of home care Surrey seniors need can vary. Some need assistance a few hours a day, while others require more extensive around-the-clock assistance. At Home Care Assistance, we tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual care needs, and the plans can be adjusted at any time.
2. Use Visual Memory Aids
Seniors with dementia may not be able to recall past events instantly, but these memories may still be buried. Showing your loved one images may trigger a recall of these memories. Many seniors respond to photographs of events in their lives, so you might want to put together a photo album that contains meaningful pictures. Random images of a countryside, house, or city similar to one your loved one used to know can also boost recall.
3. Talk in a Distraction-Free Environment
Because dementia makes it easy for seniors to get distracted, you should avoid trying to trigger memories in a busy environment. Your loved one will probably not be able to recall things if he or she is being overwhelmed by a crowded room with music or television playing. Any time you want to help your loved one recall something, go to a familiar environment that’s peaceful and quiet.
If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elderly care families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
4. Label Everything
It can be challenging for a senior with dementia to remember which door is the bathroom or recall where plates are placed in the kitchen. You can help your loved one remember things by using Post-it notes or another type of label to clearly state what lies behind each door, drawer, or cabinet. Use large, easy-to-read letters. Some seniors also benefit from a small picture on the label.
5. Play Meaningful Music
Music has an extremely powerful effect on the brain. In seniors with dementia, music can be used to boost memory. When listening to a familiar and beloved song, the brain makes connections to things that happened in the past while listening to music. For example, your loved one may be able to recall his or her spouse’s name and wedding date better when listening to music that was played at their wedding.
Aging in place can present a few challenges for seniors living with dementia. However, they can still live independently at home with the help of professional dementia care. Surrey families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide their elderly loved ones with mental and social stimulation, timely medication reminders, assistance with meal prep, and much more. Our caregivers are available around the clock to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life. Call one of our qualified Care Managers today at (778) 279-3634 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.