Posted on May 29, 2013
Keeping the Memories Alive with In Home Alzheimer's and Dementia Care
Keeping the memories alive with in home Alzheimer’s and dementia care from Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California. Call 805-687-7777 for more information today.
It should come as no surprise that a dementia related disease such as Alzheimer’s creates a very frustrating situation for your aging loved one and their family. Alzheimer’s holds nothing back when it robs your aging loved one of their memories and sometimes their vibrant personality. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that currently affects millions of Americans. Currently, there are no known treatments to prevent or cure this disease.
If you are the primary care provider for a senior loved one who is coping with a dementia related disease, you may have noticed they travel down memory lane from time to time. This is an important occasion to take dig out a notepad and pen and jot some of those stories down. Keeping memories alive will help your loved one to tell their story and to stay relevant to their family and friends.
If a long forgotten story is remembered, it may be beneficial to venture up into the attic or the basement and attempt to bring out any souvenirs you may find from your aging loved one’s past. Studies have found that keeping mementos from your aging loved one’s past have been shown to improve cognitive function in dementia patients. Perhaps a beloved trinket or favorite photograph can bring out some fond memories that you can help to preserve in a journal or with a recording device. If your aging loved one feels comfortable and seems in the moment, pull out a camcorder and record them telling their story. Family and friends will appreciate this record of their loved one’s history for generations to come.
While sorting through boxes of memories that your aging loved one may have stored in their attic or basement, look for any old letters or postcards. If these pieces of the past are from a pleasant time, you could read these aloud to them. They may enjoy traveling down memory lane to those times and look back fondly. You may be delighted to discover more from their past that you may have not been otherwise aware. If you are able to capture a moment of time from your aging loved one’s past through a diary or a recording, you may find that they will be enthralled by hearing their own stories repeated back to them at a later date.
When an aging loved one is diagnosed with a dementia related disease such as Alzheimer’s there is a lot of life adjustment required. Some days may be a struggle with coping with the disease and others may be filled with fond memories and light hearted stories from the past. It is important to keep these memories alive. Whenever possible, jot down the little anecdotes and preserve their history to the best of your ability. Not only will your aging loved one appreciate these stories retold, so will their family and friends.
Keeping the memories alive with Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, proudly serving all of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, and Carpinteria, California. Call 805-687-7777 to learn more about in home Alzheimer’s and dementia care.